Nigeria’s Minister Education Mallam Adamu Adamu said that his Ministry under Federal Government has spent 7 billion in two years for the security of unity schools across the country.
Nigeria has 108 unity schools all over the country. According to the Minister of Education, the money was spent in 2017 and 2018 to beef up the security infrastructure in these publicly owned secondary schools.
Adamu revealed this while speaking to journalists in Abuja said this was being done by the Federal Government due to the cases of kidnappings in the North-East by Boko Haram and other security concerns.
“Against the backdrop of insecurity in the northeast, occasioned by Boko Haram as well as incidents of kidnapping in parts of the country, the Federal Government has decided to provide basic security facilities in our Unity Schools,” he said.
The Minister continued, “The reason for briefing you and by extension, Nigerians, is that, as far as I am concerned, the best and only way to be accountable to the Nigerian people is through the media.
“Now that we have put these efforts of government in public glare, it will keep Nigerians abreast of what the Buhari administration is doing to improve infrastructure in our Unity Schools, as well as provide a secure environment for our children in these schools.
“Secondly, it will also enable civil society groups and communities where these schools are located to monitor the implementation of the projects. Thirdly, it will enable you the media to give the Nigerian public the progress report on the implementation of these projects from time to time.”
He noted that the security infrastructural project in unity schools began last year, adding that in the 2017 budget, the federal government made a provision of N5 billion for those facilities to be provided for in 65 unity schools.
Adamu said, in the 2018 budget, the federal government provided a total of N2,025,811,972.99, for the provision of these facilities, with a total of 39 schools benefiting.
He said the Ministerial Tenders Board, MTB, has already approved the award of contracts for the provision of the security facilities, adding that in the coming weeks, contractors would begin to mobilize to their various sites. (Vanguard Newspaper)