Insecurity: 75 Zamfara secondary schools shut since 2021 – Govt official

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Girls who were kidnapped from a boarding school in the northwest Nigerian state of Zamfara, look on after their release in Zamfara, Nigeria March 2, 2021. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
The permanent secretary at the Zamfara Ministry of Education, Kabiru Attahiru, says at least 75 secondary schools are still closed due to bandit threats.

Attahiru made the announcement while reading a goodwill message to a two-day meeting to domesticate the National Policy on Gender in Education. The meeting was co-organised by the Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board and UNICEF.

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Mr. Attahiru pointed out that the majority of the schools are girls’ secondary schools that have been closed since September 2021 as a result of attacks on two girls’ schools in the state.

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He stated that the government is working around the clock to reopen the schools that have been closed since September 2021 due to bandit threats.

The permanent secretary noted that the government ordered the schools closed after 75 students were kidnapped.

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 Attahiru emphasised the need to include field officers in national education policy formulation on gender education to attain the desired result.

In his remarks, the state’s UNICEF consultant, Ahmed Hashim, highlighted the committee’s objectives, including reviewing inputs from previous meetings on NPGE.