The Minister of State for Education, Mr. Ezenwo Wike, has directed the management of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), to release funds to the contractors handling the construction of Almajiri schools in Niger State.
Wike gave this directive at Paggo in Paikoro, Niger State when he inspected ongoing school construction in the State.
The minister expressed regret that work at the schools were so slow and pointed out that at the current pace, it would be difficult to meet the June hand-over date for the first 100 almajiri schools.
He, however, commended the contractors handling the projects for commencing work without receiving mobilisation fees.
“I want to commend the contractors for the seriousness shown in starting the construction of the schools. I have directed the management of UBEC to release funds to the contractors for speedy completion of the job.
“The delay in starting the construction of the schools was as a result of the late release of the land for the school. The land was only handed over in February. However, we will work towards the June date,” the minister said.
In his remarks, the Governor of the State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu said that the almajiri system has served its purpose and noted that the attention on almajiris should not be restricted to the north, but extended to the South where almajiris also stay.
Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Dr Mustapha Ibrahim Lemu, assured the minister that the State government would cooperate with the Federal Government to deliver the schools on schedule.