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Interventions in basic education in Nasarawa



Nasarawa: Interventions in basic education

It is indisputable that before the assumption of the present administration, the education sector of the state was said to be moribund. It was obvious that the sector received little or no attention from successive government as it was common sights for pupils and children of school age who were supposed to be in classrooms receiving lessons strolling streets and idling away. Some even resorted to anti-social vices in the process.

The rot and neglect were quite glaring as there were no good teachers, backlog of salary arrears, decrepit buildings, absence of furniture and a host of other challenges.

However, observers averred that a wind of ‘change’ seems to be blowing in the education sector of the state from primary to tertiary levels in view of the massive construction and renovation of over 500 primary and Junior Secondary schools through the Dan’Azumi-led State Universal Basic Education Board, (NSUBEB) across the state, in addition to the provision of furniture, learning and instructional materials to all the affected schools to enhance teaching and learning.

Determined to reposition the sector, government awarded contract for the construction of Model Nursery, Primary and Junior Secondary Schools spread across the 13 Local Governments and 18 Development Areas of the state. Prominent among the schools is the Ta’al Model School situated along Jos road, Lafia, the state capital. The school comprises 2-blocks of eight classrooms each and 32 units of water-cistern toilets designed to cater for Early Child-Care Development Education, (ECCDE), Primary and Junior Secondary Schools with facilities to include ICT, Library, Arts & Crafts, Workshops, Science Laboratories and a Multi-purpose Hall among others.

Checks by Nigerian Pilot revealed that several millions of naira was committed into what sympathizers of the administration described as elaborate project in consonance with the governor’s conviction that the progress of any state cannot be swifter than the one in education. Realising that the human mind is the fundamental resource, the state government no doubt exhibited a high sense of determination to avail children the opportunity to acquire the best education possible, bearing in mind that a child mis-educated is a child lost.

In the same vein, government has constructed one Special School each, in the three Senatorial Zones of the State to take care of the education of people with disabilities, that is, the deaf, the blind and those with special needs with the prompt payment of Counterpart Funds which had enabled government accessed UBEC Matching Grants.

Checks further revealed that the administration has also expanded opportunity for Technical and Vocational Education for students with technical aptitude to further their education in the Relevant Technology and Skills Acquisition Centres leading to collaboration with the World renowned ITE of Singapore for Technology Transfer Capacity Building and Supply of Equipment.

In a remark at a public function recently, Governor Al-Makura noted that the project was the first of its kind to be commissioned in the state by the then President of the nation in many years.

“The establishment of these Model Schools have heralded the commencement and implementation of the new UBE-ICT education policy in our Primary and Junior Secondary Schools in the state. I believe that this will accelerate the acquisition of Computer literacy in our Schools and lay the foundation for the turn-around of the fortunes and prosperity of basic education in the state and country at large”.

Al-Makura also pointed out during the colourful ceremony that the government and people of Nasarawa State were encouraged and inspired by the renewal of values and heritage of the nation’s past leaders by the Federal Government for social inclusion which education provides across all barriers of human endeavors.

“It is in this direction that we, as a Government, in our quest to enhance social justice, have established this Model School not only for the elite, but for all citizens of the State, including the rural population. This is why we have already awarded thirty-six contracts to replicate the facility in all the thirteen Local Government and Development Areas of the State”. The former president who was represented by his vice, Arch. Mohammed Namadi Sambo expressed delight with what he described as a wonderful initiative of the state government.

The state tertiary institutions have also received the desired attention by the state government. The construction of road network within the state University, Keffi by the state government have long been completed just as the provision of water and electricity supply to the institution has gone a long way in solving the water p0roblem hitherto experience by students, among other interventions.

The state government, in a bid to enhance access to education by all and sundry, declared education free, from Primary to Secondary School levels in the state. This declaration was criticised in some quarters, just as many expressed doubts as to the feasibility of the free education policy. But the Governor has maintained that education must be made free in the state.

Perhaps it is in consideration of the practical efforts which have yielded results in the transformation of the education sector that the state government was recently taken aback by a media report in one of the national dailies alleging that Governor Al-Makura’s almata (Dunoma Pilot Primary School) Lafia is in shambles. The said report further alleged that pupils learn under inhuman condition, an allegation the Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, NSUBEB, Alhaji Musa Dan’Azumi described as malicious and an infigment of the writer’s imagination.

The executive chairman who out rightly condemned the media report while conducting journalists round the school, maintained that it was calculated to tarnish the image of the state government as he further noted that the state government under governor Al-Makura had given adequate attention to not only the Dunama Pilot Primary school but the entire education sector of the state by constructing and renovating enough class rooms to vertually all the public schools in the state, in addition to the provision of instructional materials, among other things to enhance teaching and learning.

He maintained that the report was an act of intentional mischief believed to have been masterminded by enemies of the state who do not see anything good in the Al-Makura’s administration even as it has become glaring that the government has been able to transform the state in all sectors as against what it inherited from the previous administrations. The NSUBEB boss revealed that, in line with the administration’s determination to enhance the standard of education, government has concluded arrangements to employ 2000 teachers to address the manpower shortage in some public schools.

“For somebody to write that the school is in a dilapidated condition is a calculated attempt to tarnish the image of the state and the governor in particular.”

He assured that the basic education sector of the state will continue to receive adequate attention as it was the foundation of education in every society, just as he assured that some of setbacks occasioned by the dead and retirement of Personnel would soon be addressed.

Analysts said that with the uncommon disposition of the Al-Makura administration in the state in the development of the education sector, the state government has indeed, demonstrated its commitment in appreciation of the fact that education is the bedrock of societal development.


In line with the administration’s determination to enhance the standard of education, government has concluded arrangements to employ 2000 teachers to address the manpower shortage in some public schools

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