Terrorism takes its toll on education in Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Boko Haram insurgency has destroyed some 800 schools in the north-eastern Nigeria’s Borno State, the governor of the restive region has said.
Governor Alhaji Kashim Shettima lamented the destruction by the sect, which led to the closure of many schools that were not destroyed.
This was part of security measures to save lives of students and teachers. Most were closed after members of the Boko Haram sect abducted more than 200 school girls in Chibok in early 2014.
“More than 800 public schools, particularly at the Primary and Secondary levels, were completely destroyed,” said Shettima.
He said in the education sector, apart from the destruction of school buildings, government was forced to close down the few public schools which were not affected by the insurgency.
The governor also highlighted the Boko Haram wantonly destroyed other institutional structures, commercial properties, shops, residential buildings, Local Government Secretariats, markets and villages.
“Means of livelihood were literally destroyed as the overall commercial activities in the state were grounded to a virtual standstill,” Shettima said .
“Farming activities in the state, on which majority of our people depend for their livelihood, were systematically halted by the insurgency.”Shettima said the influx of people affected by the insurgency in the rural areas, into Maiduguri, the state capital had increased exponentially.”
This is to the extent that coping with the situation became a serious challenge to the state government,” he said.Borno is worst affected by the six-year insurgency the Islamic militant Boko Haram has perpetrated in Africa’s biggest country by population and economy.
– CAJ News
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