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Development Africa To Expand Emergency Education Intervention In Yobe



An international non-profit organisation, Development Africa, has announced plans to expand its emergency education interventions in areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Yobe State.

The organisation’s country director, Joshua Kempeneer, disclosed this during a meeting with the state governor, Mai Mala Buni, in Abuja.

The organisation, uses funds provided by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd, the operator of NNPC/SPDC/TEPNG/Agip Joint Venture, to provide infrastructure and renovate schools in Damaturu, Gujba and Fika local government areas of Yobe

Work at the three schools where Development Africa provides emergency education assistance has reached 80 per cent and they are expected to be completed before the end of this year.

Some of the projects being executed provided by the group are 15 new classrooms, administrative offices, playground, full-grid solar power system, boreholes, toilet facilities, provision of educational resources and retraining of teachers.

Kempeneer said that the interventions were meant to key into the educational reform agenda of the Buni administration, especially as regards the state of emergency the governor had declared in the education sector.

He commended the governor for his vision and foresight to put education and teachers’ retraining at the forefront of the development in that state. Quoting the late South African President, Nelson Mandela, Kempeneer said that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Governor Buni also commended Development Africa for its timely and efficient implementation of its educational projects in the state.

He said that his administration would continue to collaborate with the organisation and other partners to ensure that Yobe’s education sector is fully revamped.