According to reports, the Borno Government says it will construct mega primary schools in the three Senatorial Districts of the state to boost education.
Gov. Kashim Shettima disclosed this in Maiduguri on Monday shortly after inspecting ongoing projects in the state. Shettima pointed out that each of the schools would have a minimum of 20 classrooms, in addition to other facilities.
“We are going to construct a mega primary school in each of the three senatorial zones of the state. “The schools will have a minimum of 20 classrooms, as well as world class facilities like toilets, common room, kitchen, among others,” he said.
Shettima said that the aim was to address the dwindling fortunes of education in the state by boosting enrolment in schools. He said that the contract for the building of the schools would be awarded in no distant time. “The money for the project is already on ground, we are in the process of awarding the contract,” Shettima said.
He said that the Borno State University was also expected to commence operation this year. “So far, so good, the state university project is on course, we believe that the contractors handling the construction will hand over the site to us in a short while.
“Most of the projects are 70 to 85 per cent completion,” the governor said. He said that the construction work at the proposed State Industrial Layout at Jimtilo had also reached advanced stage while the tomato plant, the chips manufacturing plant and the water bottling plant were all on ground.
“The only item that is not on ground is the Borno Plastic Manufacturing Company,” Shettima said. He explained that the Industrial Layout will have five companies – tomato processing plant, water bottling plant, Solar manufacturing plant, Corn Chips Manufacturing plant and a plastic manufacturing plant.
Shettima said that the companies were expected to take off as soon as work was completed on the layout. He said that the state would soon inaugurate the luxury Legacy Garden Apartment named after the late deputy governor, Zannah Mustapha, next month.
The governor, however, said that government had suspended the completion and allocation of housing estates for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state, pending their relocation to their homes. “We have to suspend the projects until the IDPs go back home,” Shettima said.