Bauchi children learn sitting on wooden planks despite N10 million FG allocation

Children in the Gizaki community at Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State, Northeast Nigeria have continued to learn sitting on the wooden planks as the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) is yet to supply desks to the primary school despite N10 million that has been allocated to school furniture.

Children sitting on the floor
Children sitting on the floor

This is even as the school that was built by community residents using mud is the only one in the entire area, and has since remained without seats, doors, and windows.

Tracka, a public accountability organization that visited the community for awareness and capacity building on community projects, disclosed that the school that has only two classrooms serves five classes.

Classes, 1, 2, and 3 are crowded in one class, while that of 4 and 5 are in a single class. And, because of inadequate infrastructure, there is no primary six at the moment

Worse still, the school Headmaster says it has a total of 114 pupils with only two teachers.

Having seen the importance of education, the federal government via its consolidated project, under the Ministry of Education, allocated the sum of N10 million for the purchase of school desks and hiring of more teachers for the school.

The project with Unique Code number ERGP23160935 being handled by the UBEC, a Nigerian agency with the responsibility of providing greater access and ensuring the quality of basic education throughout Nigeria is yet to be delivered.

The school is made of mud
The school is made of mud

Worse still, community residents while narrating their ordeal, say Mr. Bala Muhammed, the state Governor, Mr, Lawan Gumau, a lawmaker maker representing them at the National Assembly, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, a former lawmaker, and the Local Government Authority have since abandoned them and do not care about their children education.

The community residents have since tasked Tracka to help them appeal to the Bauchi State government to help provide infrastructure and give their children quality education.

MAWA FOUNDATION could not reach out to UBEC for a response as two of its contact telephone numbers could not be reached.

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