Linus Oota, Lafia
At least 35 primary schools were reported to have been shut in Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State as a result of attacks on Tiv communities in the southern senatorial district of the state.
The Education Secretary of Obi Local Government Area, Ogashuwa Onuku Samuel, made this known to journalists in his office in Obi.
According to him, “Many primary schools are no longer existing in the Obi council area following the displacement of the host communities.
“The effort by the state government to bring education to its standard has fallen apart as the number of primary schools are reducing.”
He continued that any funds that were meant to be used for the development of education activities in southern zone should be forwarded to the rehabilitation of the destroyed primary schools.
According to Ogashuwa, “We are into Universal Basic Education Commission’s national personnel audit, but the host communities of this primary schools are not around hence it will affect the population.
“There is need for government to take another strategy to intervene in that case to resolved the difference between the two warring parties so that peace and development may permanently returned to the communities affected by the crisis in other to bring education activities back to its normal stage.”
The education secretary gave names of the affected primary schools to include those at Gada biyu, Nkusu, Mbagwa, Ngbahen, Gidan Onuku, Kuje, Kwaghshir, Usula, Akaha, Uvirkaa, Gidan Aondo, Igboughur, Kertyo, Chiawa, Imon, Apurugh, Ayero, Tsuam, Abiji, Tsamia, Ikposogye, Ushitile, Angwan Mallam,Kayerda, Nomadic, Ubele, Nyitwev, Amachenge, Igbatim, Agon, Abaagu, among others.