The governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, has commended an international non-profit organisation, Development Africa, for the “timely and efficient implementation” of their educational projects in the state.
He said his administration will continue to collaborate with the organisation and other partners to ensure that Yobe’s education sector is fully retrofitted and revamped.
The organisation says it will expand its emergency education interventions in areas affected by the Boko Haram Insurgency in Yobe State.
The Country Director of Development Africa, Joshua Kempeneer, revealed this during a meeting with Mr Buni in Abuja.
The organisation, using funding provided by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd, Operator of the NNPC/SPDC/TEPNG/Agip Joint Venture, is currently providing infrastructure and renovating schools in Damaturu, Gujba and Fika Local Government Councils.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that work at the three schools where Development Africa is providing emergency education assistance has reached 80 percent and are projected to be completed before the end of the year.
Some of the services being provided include building of new 15 classrooms, administrative office, including offices for headmaster and staff, playground, full-grid solar power system for electric power supply, boreholes for water supply, toilet facilities, provision of educational resources and the retraining of teachers.
The Development Africa Country Director said the interventions are meant to key into the educational reform agenda of the administration, especially as regards the state of emergency that Mr Buni has declared in the education sector.
Mr Kempeneer commended the governor for his vision and foresight to put education and teachers at the forefront of development in that state. Quoting Nelson Mandela, the country director observed that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.