By Austin Ajayi,Yola.
As part of effort to make education affordable and available to the down trodden in Adamawa state, UNICEF in conjunction with KFW and the Adamawa state government has flagged off the reconstruction and renovation of 80 blocks of 134 primary school classroom in Fufore and Guyku local government areas of Adamawa state.
Umaru Fintiri who performed the flagg off ceremony of 80 blocks of 134 classroom in Fufore and Guyku local government areas said his administration is determined to make education available for all irrespective of the state of their parents.
“We have declared the education sector a state of emergency so has to revamp the sector”
We have commenced the construction, reconstruction and renovation of schools across the state”
He commended UNICEF and the KFW Developmental Bank Funded by the Government of German for the support stressing that the intervention is timely.
“Your support is what can be said to be God’s sent as it is in line with one of the 11 point agenda of this administration”
Bhanu Pathak , Chief of Field office in Bauchi says the gesture will be extended to other LGAs in Adamawa.
While commending the Adamawa state government for their commentment, Phathak said UNICEF is committed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) and the Education For All (EFA) goals of educating all children at all levels and in all groups.
Speaking at the occasion, the Executive Chairman of Adamawa State Universal Education Board, Salihi Ateequ, lauds UNICEF’s timely and critical intervention in Adamawa state saying it would go a long way in impacting education in the state and that it would lead to positive outcomes in schools in the state where learning spaces have been lacking.
Ateequ said, “UNICEF is renovating and reconstructing about 80 blocks of 165 classes, one perimeter fencing of about 256 metres, two blocks of three laterines toilet for male and female students in Fufore and Guyuk local governments of Adamawa state.
“By the time these constructions are completed, it would bridge the deficit of learning spaces across the state and it would lead to improvements in learning and education for pupils in the state.
“This is just the beginning of the series of commissioning that would be ongoing in this board and we hope His Excellency will be honouring us from time to time in flagging off these projects.”