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Kaduna to Consolidate 359 schools over Security and Banditry Crisis

On Wednesday, Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State expressed his concern over the diminishing number of school enrollments throughout the state, attributing the decline to ongoing security challenges including kidnappings and banditry.

To combat this issue, the state government has begun a strategy to consolidate 359 schools located in high-risk areas by merging them with institutions in safer locations.

Governor Sani discussed these plans during the launch of a capacity-building workshop hosted by the Nigeria Police Force’s School Protection Squad in Kaduna. He highlighted the relevance of the event’s theme: ‘Strengthening Security Resilience and Integration of Host Communities in the Protection of Education.’

The governor pointed to the kidnapping of 135 students from the LEA Primary and Junior Secondary School in Kuriga, Chikun Local Government, as a stark example of how security issues are severely impacting educational accessibility and safety.

Governor Sani noted the severe reduction in school enrollments, mentioning a significant drop of over 200,000 primary school students in the 2022/2023 academic year compared to the year before. This reduction, he explained, primarily stems from insecurity, which has necessitated the consolidation of schools in several local government areas including Chikun, Birnin Gwari, Kajuru, Giwa, and Igabi, thereby increasing the number of children out of school.

He commended the Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, for establishing the Schools Protection Squad, which aims to improve security and safety at educational facilities nationwide.

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