From Femi Oyelola Kaduna
The Kaduna State Emergency Programme for sustainable development in the education sector has received a boost as Governor Nasir El-Rufai has constructed over 100 classrooms for pupils in three primary schools located in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.
The Special Assistant to Commissioner of Planning and Budget, Mr. Adamu Hayatu disclosed this yesterday to a team of Journalists who are on tour of projects embarked by the state government to support the programme.
The classroom blocks are located at UBE Anguwan Shawai, LEA Lokoja Road Primary School and Mashim Gwari all in Igabi LGA.
According to Mr. Hayatu, when the governor launched the emergency programme more than 45,000 pupils went back to the classroom which stretched the facilities already on ground resulting to high number of pupils in a classroom and most of them sitting on the floor.
Giving credence to this, the head teacher of LEA Lokoja Road Primary School, Mr. Mahmood Jafaru Zakari, said as a man who cares for education and future of the youth in Kaduna state, Governor El-Rafai after launching the emergency programme immediately awarded the construction of the classroom block and deployment of more teachers to the school; adding that the teachers have so far resumed.
A staff of the construction company who would not want his name on print said his organization has been paid the contract fee and they are expected to complete the project and made the classrooms ready for use before the end of April, 2018.
Some of the pupils who could not hold their excitement on sighting the Journalists said they are happy that very soon they will be moving from their make-shift classrooms to a more conducive atmosphere of learning.
The classroom block which is a 2-Storey Building in all the three schools visited has 10 classroom up and 10 classroom down, conveniences, staff room and store.
Residents within the vicinities expressed their delight over the construction of the classrooms. According to Mr. Abubakar Musa, when the make-shift classrooms were constructed, the parents were excited and they sent back their children to school as learning was brought closer to them. With the construction of the modern classrooms, the Rigasa Community was overwhelmed and could not say anything but for God to bless Governor El-Rufai.
Rigasa Community in Igabi LGA is said to have a population of over 3 million people and the largest ward in the whole country, but has been neglected over the years before the coming of Governor El-Rufai. The community today enjoys a dual carriage way from the Nnamdi Azikiwe Express Way to the Abuja/Kaduna Railway Station.
The area is also blessed with a renovated General Hospital which has modern facilities to cater for patients, courtesy of Governor El-Rufai.