Borno to build two ‘mega schools’

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The Borno State government has announced its plans to build two mega schools in Maiduguri, the state capital.

The State Executive Council chaired by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum approved the sum of N800 million for the construction of the schools in Njimtilo and Gwange area of the Maiduguri metropolis.

It said that the move was to carter for the educational needs of the people of the two areas and their environs.

Briefing newsmen in his office at the Musa Usman Secretariat Maiduguri, the state commissioner for Information, Babakura Jatau said the council meeting which held at the Government House, discussed many issues that have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the state.

In his words, ”the Council approved the sum of over N800 million for the construction of Mega schools in Njimtilo and Gwange areas of the metropolis.

“The Mega school in Njimtilo will house a 2 storey building consisting of 60 blocks of classrooms, offices, ICT centre and furniture, and same in Gwange ward, each at the sum of little above N400 million.”

The meeting according to him, also approved the immediate reconstruction and renovation of Umar Ibn Ibrahim College of Education Bama for the resumption of academic activities in February this year.

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Continuing, Jatau said, “In addition to the 100 percent increment of scholarship to Borno state students undergoing studies in tertiary institutions, both within the country and abroad, due to increase in tuition fees and inflation, the council also approved for the disbursement of money and grant to the physically challenged persons in the state and youths and also approval for the procurement of 100 long 40 seater buses to ease passengers and trafic movement within the metropolis.”

Aside the schools, he also disclosed efforts on the renovation of the state secretariat.

“The council also approved the sum of N240 million for the second and third phase of the complete renovation of the state secretariat to provide a conducive working environment for workers.

“The first phase which is at 95 percent completion was carried out at the cost of N120 million and it houses Governor’s office, Ministry for information, health, Finance, Office of Head of service and ministry of poverty Alleviation including toilet facilities, water and electricity.”

The commissioner noted that it has been over three decades that the secretariat received a major renovation and complete overhaul since its construction in 1972, saying that it is also the first time in the history of the state that a governor had an office in the secretariat and operate in from 7:00am to 10:00pm regularly.

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