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Herdsmen urge council to establish school

27 September 2013, 11:12

Birniwa - The Garin-Albarka community, a pastoral settlement in Birniwa Local Government Area of Jigawa, has appealed to the council to establish a primary school in the area.

A cross section of the community made the call while speaking with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Birniwa.

Malam Umaru Dayyabu, a spokesman of the community, said the establishment of the school would give their children the opportunity to be educated.

Dayyabu said most parents in the area drafted their children to cattle grazing due to lack of a school in the area.

“The local council has provided hand pumps, but we also need a school in the settlement,” he said.

He said the gesture would encourage parents to enrol their wards in school.

Master Muhammad Bayero, a primary four pupil, said he had always trekked for about seven kilometres to attend classes at a nearby village.

Bayero noted that the situation had exposed him to difficulties and also affected his academic performance.

Responding, the Chairman of the council, Alhaji Ali Diginsa, said the council had so far established four nomadic schools to encourage herdsmen to enrol their children in school.

Diginsa said the schools were sited in Birniwa, Diginsa and Rigar-Gadau communities.

He said two out of the four schools were constructed under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

According to him, the council had also executed various school development projects including provision of classroom furniture and instructional materials to enhance access to quality education in the area.

-    NAN


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