From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The Niger state House of Assembly member representing Bosso constituency, Hon. Malik Madaki Bosso has confirmed to have received a petition from Makunkele community of Bosso local government who decried over the relocation to federal government model school by the State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) after expending over N100 million on the site.
Hon. Malik Madaki made the disclosure while speaking to our reporter in Minna, saying that he was aware of the matter and had received a petition which he will surely present before the house in next sitting.
He said that “the petition is addressed to the speaker through my office and I will be presenting it before the state house of assembly in our next sitting by God’s grace” he said.
A youth leader from Makunkele, Adamu Dada while speaking to our correspondent, said that the project started since September 19, 2019 by the federal government located in their community decried its relocation for selfish interest while the new site cannot even accommodate the planned project of such magnitude.
Dada urged for the return of the project to its original site in Makunkele by UBEC lamented that the concentration of government facilities inside town was not encouraging because this will denial them of access to quality education for common men, jobs to be created while appealing to “elected officials to do the needful if no posterity will not forgive them for sitting on the fence”.
He accused SUBEB chairman of deceiving them (community) who visited him in his office for complaint by going ahead to remove the bill board and changing the original address to the new location where they can’t have even 45km from the road before the structures describing it as “fraudulent and selfish behind the relocation”.
Findings revealed that although the current SUBEB Chairman, Dr Isah Adamu is not an educationist which is the first time of appointing such to mar the board hence the lack of prerequisite knowledge and experience on its policies just as several Nigerlites calling for his subsequent removal to give room for a professional hand for effective operations.
Responding, the Chairman of Niger State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Isah Adamu said that the cost of running boarding school is very expensive on the people and government like staff quarters and feeding as well considering human security of the location.
Adamu added that it wasn’t deliberate plan to relocate the special school but has agreed to build 20 high rise classrooms for same Makunkele community saying that he was not aware of any court matter or land dispute over the new location while he declined not to have discussed with the contractor to relocate.
He explained that 6 hectares was required by SUBEB standard but had 3.8 hectares in Makunkele leaving a balance of 2.6 hectares while between 3,000 to 5,000 students and about 200 teachers with the addition non-teaching staff who are to relocate there would not be easy.
Meanwhile, he stated that the claimed over N100 million spent so far was laughable and assured of running an open door policy.
He noted that over 500 SUBEB projects is ongoing in Niger state and agreed to still meet with the community to dialogue rather than blame games, while he lamented that teachers in 2- 3 km from their resident doesn’t go to work often and battling with such menace.
Meanwhile, Niger State government have relocated the UBEC Model School situated out skirt of Minna, Makunkele in Bosso Local Government Area due to political reasons.
It was reliably gathered that the relocation was due to alleged long rift between Governor Abubakar Sani Bello and the assembly member representing Bosso, Hon. Malik Madaki Bosso.
who was observed to be always against some of his policies hence a directive was given to immediately relocate the said school to a new location in Minna.
It was further revealed that the state government claimed that the location was not secured despite that it was directly opposite Nigeria Air Force (NAF) Base, Makunkele in Minna the state capital.
The site in Makunkele has witnessed sunk of borehole, dug foundation, laid concrete with iron rods, lots of trailer loads of sand and chips, plenty of 9 inches blocks, iron rods has begun evacuation to new site simultaneously.
The said model school was provided with 6.5 hectares of land free of charge by the residence of Makunkele where the project has begun with over N100 million already expended but have been abandoned.
However, now relocated to already an existing Hill Top Model School, Minna opposite El- Amin International School, Minna in Chanchaga local government on a 1.5 hectares of a disputed land with court case to start a fresh was described as “a waste of public funds deliberately aimed at looting of our public funds by some government officials”.