Governor Kashim Shettima has announced the highest allocation of 33 billion naira for the reconstruction of schools destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.
The allocation also covers fresh construction works across educational institutions as the Borno State government budgets a total of 183,840,489,081 naira for the 2017 fiscal year.
The appropriation bill, tagged “Budget of Consolidation, Restoration and Rebirth”, allocated 124 billion naira, representing more than 60% to capital expenditure while 59 billion naira was allocated for recurrent expenditure.
The health sector followed education with 19 billion naira, while reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement got 13 billion naira with agriculture trailing them with the allocation of seven billion naira.
Worst Onslaught Of Insurgency
Speaking at the chambers of the Borno State House of Assembly in Maiduguri on Wednesday, the Governor said education was worst hit by the attacks of Boko Haram terrorists, noting that his administration was taking a major step to fix the sector.
“Education is the sector which captures our attention the most. It is the area that has suffered the worst onslaught of the insurgency. Our experiences have shown that its inadequacy could be risky and its neglect could also be a recipe for insecurity even in the future.
“It is for this reason that the education sector alone excluding the primary level is allocated the sum of 33 billion naira for primary schools, secondary schools and tertiary schools.
“The amount allocated is to enable us continue with the reconstruction, rehabilitation of the educational infrastructure and facilities at the secondary and tertiary levels.
“Furthermore, the huge budgetary provision is also to enable the full take-off of our newly recognised State University in 2017 and ensure that more facilities and structures are put in place to obtain accreditation of all courses in faculties billed to take-off during the year.
“Most primary schools in the local government areas hitherto occupied by Boko Haram were completely destroyed (while) the Universal Basic Education Board is to undertake reconstruction of all primary schools, renovate existing schools, supply most needed educational materials and of course feed the primary school pupils across the state and provide more furniture to enhance teaching and learning at the primary school level,” Shettima said.
The Governor restated his administration’s determination to take full advantage of emerging peace to change the fortunes of the state in northeast Nigeria.