Armed ViolenceNews

Insecurity: Sokoto Orders Closure of 16 Boarding Schools

The Sokoto State Government has ordered the immediate closure of 16 boarding schools in the state following the rising insecurity challenges in the northwest region.

The State Government made the announcement in a statement issued by
Mohammed Bello, Special Adviser on Media to Aminu Tanbuwal, Governor of Sokoto State.

Bello stated that “the decision was reached after the 17th Security Council meeting on Wednesday, 16th December 2020 where the state government decided to close 16 boarding schools along its border communities”.

The schools were to be closed, temporarily for two weeks, he added.

Muhammad Bello Abubakar Guiwa, the State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education as lamenting on the security situation in the affected areas and the threats its portends.

The affected schools are: Government Girls Model Secondary School, Illela, Sultan Muhammadu Tambari Arabic Secondary School, Illela, Gamji Girls College, Rabah, Government Secondary School, Gada, Government Secondary School, Gandi and Government Secondary School, Goronyo

Others are Government Secondary School, Isa, Government Secondary School Sabon Birnin Gobir, Boarding Primary School, Isa, Boarding Primary School, Balle and Boarding Primary School, Jabo.

The remaining are UBE Junior Secondary School, Sabon Birni, Government Secondary School, Kebbe, Government Secondary School, Tureta, Government Technical College, Binji and Olusegun Obasanjo Technical College,

The statement further noted that the governor directed the Ministries of Basic and Secondary Education and Science and Technology to temporarily merge the students of the affected schools with those of other schools for the continuation of their studies pending the improvement in the security situation of the affected areas.

Principals of the affected schools, Bello said were directed to comply with the directive with immediate effect.

Sokoto State is one of the states in the northwest region that are facing serious terror attacks especially in Sabon Birni, Isa, Gudu, Goronyo, Rabah, Tangaza, Ilela, Gwadabawa and Tureta local governments.

Last month, a group of armed men invaded Deyeji village, killed several villagers and set many houses ablaze.

Sokoto State has joined states like Katsina, Kano, Zamfara, and Jigawa that have ordered the closure of boarding schools due to rising insecurity particularly after the last Friday attack by Boko Haram fighters on Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State where over 300 schoolboys were abducted.

Support Our Journalism

There are millions of ordinary people affected by conflict in Africa whose stories are missing in the mainstream media. HumAngle is determined to tell those challenging and under-reported stories, hoping that the people impacted by these conflicts will find the safety and security they deserve.

To ensure that we continue to provide public service coverage, we have a small favour to ask you. We want you to be part of our journalistic endeavour by contributing a token to us.

Your donation will further promote a robust, free, and independent media.

Donate Here

Of course, we want our exclusive stories to reach as many people as possible and would appreciate it if you republish them. We only ask that you properly attribute to HumAngle, generally including the author's name, a link to the publication and a line of acknowledgement. Contact us for enquiries or requests.

Contact Us

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Translate »