Kano State Government has embarked on a public-private partnership (PPP) to renovate schools across the state.
The Managing Director (MD), Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) Arch. Suleiman Ahmed Abdulwahab announced this on Wednesday during an inspection of some of the schools undergoing renovation.
Suleiman said the initiative was to ensure that teaching and learning are conducted in a conducive atmosphere.
He explained that under the program, 21 public schools have been selected as pilot schemes within the metropolis as a measure to address insecurity facing most of the schools due to activities of miscreants and sources of income for the schools’ management for maintenance.
‘’The renovation being carried out across the selected schools is in a PPP with the construction of shops by the perimeter fence of the schools which will be providing funds for the school’s management and in which the ownership of the shops will eventually be the same school after a period of time by the investors who are embarking on the construction,’’ the KNUPDA MD said.
’Similarly, the security threat of miscreants hibernating around the schools posing dangers to the teachers and students would be addressed with the securities that would be provided by the shop owners.’’
‘’You see this initiative was sequel to complaints by the school authorities over the past six years on the security challenges of miscreants hibernating in most of the schools, poor infrastructures due to paucity of funds for maintenance, and increasing population of students.’’
He explained that the complaints were from the School-Based Management Committee (SBMC) and the Parent Teachers’ Associations.
The MD said as part of the mandate of the agency and collaboration with the state ministry of education, the state assembly was approached for amendment of law guiding activities around schools to give room for the renovation and remodeling.
He added that with the support of the lawmakers and the state governor, the law was amended and this gave the opportunity to fashion out ways in which the schools with the renovations and adequate security provided through the initiative can as well generate funds for their maintenance so as to improve conditions for teaching and learning.
Arch. Suleiman Ahmed Abdulwahab said during the inspection that more than 85% of the renovations have been completed in the first phase of the exercise on eight secondary schools and one primary school.
SOLACEBASE reports that the pilot schools in the first phase of the renovation include, G.S.S Stadium, G.G.S.S Dabo, G.S.S Kwakwachi, G.S.S Bachirawa, G.S.S Kofar Nasarawa, G.G.S.S Dukawuya, G.S.S Goron Dutse, G.G.S.S Chiranchi, and Chiranchi Primary School.
Speaking to journalists during the inspection, the Chairman of SBMC, G.S.S Stadium, Alhaji Muhammad Lawal said for over six years they have written several letters of complaints to the state government on, over-stressed infrastructures and insecurity with activities of miscreants who have been stealing and vandalizing the property of the school and dangers of the activities.
‘’Succor came our way with the initiative of the public-private partnership that has led to the construction of one block of 7 classrooms, construction of perimeter fence, construction of one block of 15 toilets, renovation of laboratory and repair of a leaking roof in some classrooms, Muhammad noted.
He noted that all these have been completed 100% except for the renovation of the laboratory which is ongoing.
Also, Principal Director, G.G.S.S. Dabo, (France road), Hajia Binta Abdul Hamid, said the major challenge facing the school is the security threat by drug addicts and miscreants from Sabo Gari.
‘’Honestly, since the school does not have a wall fence it makes it easy for the miscreants to walk into the school to steal and destroy our property. At times they break into offices through the ceiling.
‘’Hence in 2015 we had a joint meeting of PTAs of schools in Sabon Gari and laid our complaints to the governor.’’
‘’We suggested the construction of shops by the fence of the schools which will provide security for us as shop owners will engage securities which will check activities of thieves and miscreants due to our proximity to Sabon Gari market.
‘’The initiative of the public-private partnership is of many benefits to us as it has led to the construction of perimeter fence, construction of two blocks.”