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Kagara abduction : Gov Bello explains why most Niger schools are in deplorable state

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Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello has explained why schools in the State are in deplorable state.

DAILY POST had observed that the Government Science College in Kagara, where 27 students were abducted by suspected bandits had no windows or fence.

But speaking to newsmen on Friday, Governor Bello, while blaming previous administrations of neglecting schools in the state, admitted that some of the schools have not been painted since they were built.

According to him, he has renovated 9 schools since he became Governor and he is working on renovating more schools in the state.

”We have 60 boarding schools and only 9 you can call a proper school, and we renovated them. I think the problem is that most previous administration did not pay attention to these schools, instead, they paid more attention to investing in new schools.

”When I came in 2015, I said our maintenance culture is very bad. If we don’t maintain what previous administrations have done, we will find ourselves in a difficult situation and that is what is happening.

”These schools were built 30-40 years ago and some of them have not seen paints in 40 years. No paint, no fence. 40 years ago, we didn’t have these security challenges, so it was okay, but now our schools must be fenced.

”When we came in 2015, we started the whole school approach and we started rebuilding schools and each school cost close to N350 million to do. They were so bad that they did not have toilets, fence or roof. Staff were living in bad condition, so we decided that instead of doing temporary measures, we should rebuild those schools.”

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APC has failed – PDP condemns kidnap of Zamfara schoolgirls

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has condemned Friday’s attack on Government Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State, where hundreds of schoolgirls were abducted.

The party in a statement on Friday, said the terrifying spate of abduction and acts of terrorism in the country validates concerns that the All Progressives Congress and its administration have become bereft of solutions to the escalated insecurity under their watch.

The party, while calling for full-scale investigation into the abduction, said it is alarmed by the current situation wherein outlaws have turned the kidnapping of innocent school children and other vulnerable citizens for ransom, into a lucrative business following the lethargic approach and compromises under the Buhari administration.

”Only last week, gunmen had a field day invading communities after communities in Niger state, killing and maiming our compatriots after which they descended on Government Secondary School Kagara where they killed a student and abducted 40 others alongside their teachers.

”In December, just two months ago, the nation was jolted when gunmen invaded President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state, Katsina, at the time he was holidaying in the state and abducted over 600 students of the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara.

”Indeed, our party weeps over the unfortunate situation that our nation is being plunged into by the incompetent, deceptive and uncoordinated APC and its administration that not only caused the escalation of acts of terrorism in our country but also failed to run an effective command structure to secure the nation.

”APC had earlier been alerted of a link between APC and the outlaws. It is unpardonable that the APC has failed to rein in their bandits, who they brought from neighboring countries to help them to muscle the 2019 election

”Instead, they had allowed them to continue to invade our communities and wreak havoc on our people.

The party, therefore, charges President Buhari to step out of the Aso Rock presidential villa and ensure the immediate rescue of the abducted students.”

It also empathized with the families of the abducted children and well as the victims of the worsened insecurity occasioned by the failures of the

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BREAKING: Zamfara: We’ll not succumb to blackmail, review policy of rewarding bandits – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has described the latest abduction of hundreds of students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State as inhumane and totally unacceptable.

Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, warned that “this administration will not succumb to blackmail by bandits who target innocent school students in the expectations of huge ransom payments.”

He also appealed to state governments to review their policy of rewarding bandits with money and vehicles because that policy might boomerang disastrously.

According to him, “No criminal group can be too strong to be defeated by the government adding that the only thing standing between the security forces and the bandits are the rules of engagement.”

“We have the capacity to deploy massive force against the bandits in the villages where they operate, but our limitation is the fear of heavy casualties of innocent villagers and hostages who might be used as human shields by the bandits,” he said, stressing that “our primary objective is to get the hostages safe, alive and unharmed.”

Buhari further stated that “A hostage crisis is a complex situation that requires maximum patience in order to protect the victims from physical harm or even brutal death at the hands of their captors.

“Let them not entertain any illusions that they are more powerful than the government. They shouldn’t mistake our restraint for the humanitarian goals of protecting innocent lives as a weakness or a sign of fear or irresolution,” he added.

He also advised states and local governments to be more proactive by improving security around schools and their surroundings.

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Zamfara abduction: Northern governors condemn act, urges security agencies to rescue victims

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The Northern Governors Forum on Friday condemned the attack on Government Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State where hundreds of schoolgirls were abducted.

The Northern Governors equally urged security operatives to use every asset at their disposal to rescue the children and bring to justice those behind the act.

Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, through his Director Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Simon Macham, said the aforementioned trend is unacceptable.

He added that strong measures must be taken to put an end to it before it escalates into a monster that will consume “educational pursuit and national aspirations”.

Lalong lamented that the sad development which is coming on the heels of the abduction of school children in Kagara, Niger State still being addressed, calls for serious concerns among all Nigerians.

“As Northern Governors, we are deeply saddened by this embarrassing and unfortunate attack on our children who are in schools to seek knowledge and build capacity to impact the nation and create a better society.

“The assault on schools where innocent and harmless students are targeted should not be condoned in any way because it has the tendency to set the nation back to ignorance and more poverty.

“The Northern part of the country in particular is more educationally disadvantaged and cannot afford to have these disruptions. Enough is enough”.

The Forum called on the citizenry to support both security operatives and government with credible information that will lead to swift resolution of the unfortunate situation.

The Governors sympathised with the families of the abducted school children, the people and Government of Zamfara State.

The Forum assured the citizens of its support in tackling the problem.

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