The ongoing shutdown of 75 secondary schools in Zamfara State has caused controversy.
This is even more concerning, as UNICEF has expressed concern about the state’s high rate of out-of-school children, particularly girls.
Alhaji Mansur Jibo, an academic who lives in Gusau, the state capital, told Daily Post that the ongoing closure of the institutions was a bad trend.
As terror incidents continued unabatedly in the State, Jibo claimed that the primary justification for the State government closing the schools had been proven false. He claimed that decision-makers would not have let the schools to remain closed if their own children were involved.
He emphasized that the move had resulted in many young people roaming the streets and many of them being exposed to rape, saying that the closure of the schools could not have any positive effect on the educational sector.
Since the majority of powerful people send their kids to school abroad, the administration is not concerned about reopening the schools. They are therefore less concerned with what happens to the general populace.
The common masses they are persecuting make up the voting powers, but all the politicians are concerned with right now is how to keep their positions in office in 2023, he claimed.
Jibo urged the Federal and State governments to develop formidable ways to solve the issue immediately. He claimed that some of the girls, whose parents couldn’t afford to send them to college in another State, had already been handed away for early weddings against their will.
Alhaji Usman Husseini, who also reacted, bemoaned the girls’ exposure to several risks, which forces them to join bad gangs.
“There are also female bandits, female bandits’ informants, and armed robbers, which the government should be aware of. Women who are proficient with firearms are among the bandits that we are all terrified of, he warned.
Husseini questioned how the State government planned to persuade the Indian government to make investments in the State.
He pointed out that the State’s deputy governor, senator Hassan Mohammed Gusau, who represented the governor at the stakeholders’ conference in Abuja, portrayed to the Indian community the enormous potential deposits available in the State without addressing the security issues in his State.
Husseini chastised the administration for failing to create a secure atmosphere before seeking out international investors, claiming that no sane investor would risk his hard-earned money in such a situation.
Remember that Alhaji Kabiru Attahiru, the permanent secretary of the Zamfara State Ministry of Education, recently disclosed that 75 secondary schools for females in the State had not yet reopened as a result of insecurity.