From Ali Abare Abubakar, Lafia with Agency report
In furtherance of its resolve to reclaim school property from encroachers, the Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education Board (NSUBEB) said on Friday that it would demolish over 40 illegal shops built on the school land at the Central Primary School in Akwanga.
Malam Abdulkarim Muhammad Abdullahi, the executive chairman of the board stated this while addressing journalists shortly after conducting on the spot inspection of the school, in continuation of his state-wide tour to monitor and inspect schools across the state.
Irked by what he saw, Malam Abdulkarim said the board would not fold its arms while people encroach on school land for their selfish benefits, describing the situation as unfortunate and uncalled.
He lamented that the act would affect and has already affected the development of the education sector negatively.
According to the NSUBEB chairman, “Gov.Tanko Al-Makura is doing his best to improve on the standard of education in the state through building of new schools and the renovation of the existing ones to meet up with international standard for the overall development of the country.
“You see by yourselves how people want to sabotage the good efforts of the state government by encroaching in to government lands made for the school; people would just encroach in to school land for their self-interest knowing fully that the land is for the government.
“The board will meet with the state ministry of Land and Urban development to see how to arrest this illegality and definitely all those illegal shops and residential building will be demolished for the overall development of the education sector in the state” he said
He equally blamed the school authority for not informing the board on the land encroachment by intruders who want to sabotage the good efforts of the state government.
Malam Abdulkarim advised the management of the school to be up and doing in their responsibility in order to complement government efforts in improving on the standard of education in the state and the country at large.
Also speaking, Mr.Bature Danladi and Mrs. Mary Saleh, principal and headmistress of Government Junior Secondary school and Central primary school, Akwanga respectively thanked the chairman and his entourage for the visit.
They assured the board of their commitment and determination to complement government efforts in improving on the standard of education through hard work and reports all those involved in sharp practice for necessary action.