By Chijioke Okoronkwo, Abuja.
The North-East Development Commission (NEDC) is establishing a mega school in each of the senatorial zones of the six states in the North-East geopolitical zone.
Its Chairman, retired Maj.-Gen. Paul Tarfa, disclosed this on Thursday, when he featured in the 50th session of State House briefing, organised by the Presidential Communications Team.
Tarfa said that each of the mega school in the 18 senatorial districts across the region would cost N1.2 billion each.
According to him, one of the root causes of insurgency is lack of education.
“We talk about mega schools; if you analyse why we have insurgency, one root cause was the lack of quality education because the tag, Boko Haram, means modern education is prohibited.
“So, in the commission, we said how can we intervene so that we have bottom-up approach in education?
“We said okay, let’s have a mega school where we have a comprehensive and composite structure that take care of education from primary to secondary school level.
“And, we are building one each in each of the senatorial districts in the North-East and we have 18,” he said.
Tarfa said that the contract had been awarded for the 18 mega schools in each of the three senatorial zones of each state in the region.
“And, each school will cost about N1.2 billion.
“It is very comprehensive; in some cases, where we have existing structures, we try to upgrade them to the standard we are looking for.’’
The NEDC boss said that the commission was also setting up ICT training centres, with a view to equipping the youth in the region with relevant skills for self-reliance.
“Coming back to modernity, we all know that ICT is very important; so, we are also establishing three ICT centres in each of three senatorial zones in the six states of the region, that’s 18.
“So, our youths can be trained in various aspects of ICT; so that they will be able to employ themselves,’’ Tarfa said.