Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has said that girls are targeted by bandits and kidnappers because they command higher kidnapping value than their male counterparts.
El-Rufai, who was a panelist at the Financing Safe Schools in Nigeria Dialogue in Abuja, lamented that the activities of bandits have evolved over time to the current scary stage of targeting school children, particularly girls.
He wants bandits and kidnappers exterminated.
The governor argued that bandits can be wiped out in two orthree months using a combination of air power and boots on ground. The solution to the menace of bandits is to ‘kill them all’. ‘Nobody living in the forest is innocent, kill them all’, he reiterated.
Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal begged Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning Zainab Ahmed, and Central Bank Governor (CBN) Godwin Emefiele not to recover loans given to states under the Budget Support Facility arrangement now.
Tambuwal said recovering the debts now would make it impossible for states to fund education in general and the safe schools project in particular. Ahmed lamented that the country stands to lose N32 billion if schools remain unsafe.
She said: “It will cost us at least N32 billion per annum if we don’t keep our schools safe. Some analysis has been done, and there are some numbers that have been released as to what the cost is.”
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To make schools safe for learning and teaching, the government has thus opted to raise funds from development partners and the private sector. Funds raised will be used to finance a national plan on safe schools which will be initiated in a few days.
The government has got commitment of other tiers of government, development partners and the organised private sector, to invest in education to provide safe and secure environment for school children.
Ahmed added: “The ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning will take the responsibility of raising or mobilising resources from Federal Government, state and local governments, as well as from our development partners and friend, and the private sector, on how to finance this plan to make our schools safe…”
Funding for the national plan on safe schools, the minister said, will ensure ‘that we will invest more in education to provide our children the right type of education in the right, secure and safe environment because investing in the education of our children is investing in the economy…”
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