Borno state government is planning to establish orphanage schools across the three senatorial districts of the senate for those who lost their parents to the Boko Haram crisis.
The governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima gave the indication on Wednesday during the inauguration a 16-man committee to work out the modalities for the re-opening of schools closed at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency within Maiduguri metropolis.
Shettima who was represented at the inauguration by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa, explained that the schools were closed in “the national interest and for national security”, insisting that the action wad justifiable in order to avoid the repeat of the abduction of Chibok girls.
Shettima said “in order not to allow our school system to collapse completely and the students/pupils to roam about the streets idly, it has become imperative to find ways of re-opening our schools at least within the state capital that has became relatively peaceful”.
He said that the committee has two weeks within which to submit their report, pointing out that almost all public schools in the state were destroyed by the insurgents, while others were in serious dilapidated condition.
He disclosed that the committee has the following terms of references; to identify the total number of public schools in the state capital, including those currently accommodating IDPs, advised government on how best these schools could be effectively used for academic activities.
Others includes the evaluation of internally displaced student/pupils at the camps with a view of distributing them to existing public schools in the state capital, liaise with security agencies to provide to both IDP camps and the various schools when they are re-opened among others.
The committee has Alhaji Gambo Gubio as its chairman, while the Director planning, Research and statistics, Mr. Justus Zare as its secretary.
Responding, the chairman of the committee, Alhaji Gambo Gubio thanked the government for finding them worthy of the job and assured that they will do everything humanly possible to submit their reports within the stipulated time.
He said he was confident that with the calibre of people that constitutes the committee a thorough job would be done, and assured the governor that they will work out ways of re-opening the schools within the shortest possible time.