The FCT Minister of State, Hajia Dr. Ramatu Tijjani has today reacted in clearer terms to the viral video in circulation initiated by TrackaNG on Twitter, where pupils were spotted learning on a bare floor in Gwagwalada area of the Federal Capital Territory.
Describing the video as unfortunate, the Kogi-born Federal minister of State swiftly swung into action and has made tremendous progress in investigating what led to the sad situation bedeviling the pupils of the school.
It was, however, confirmed that amidst low funding, hundreds of schools owned by the government in the FCT were billed to receive some furniture fully paid for and ready to be disbursed, including the school and pupils under investigation, before the video unfortunately hits the internet.
The director of works confirmed yesterday that some schools have started receiving the furniture, adding that he’s already mounting pressure on the contractors to ensure swift delivery across the schools marked for distributions or be blacklisted.
Further investigation reveals that, at the beginning of every academic year, with new primary one intakes, JSS one intakes and an influx of new pupils on transfers from neighboring states and private schools, the board will sometimes be faced with overstretched facilities owing to the status of FCT as the nation’s administrative capital.
The Director further emphasized that FCT schools are serving as a model and set the standard for the actualization of the Nation’s Universal Basic Education in consonance with global technological dynamics and best practices;Consequently in the Last 2 years ;approval was granted by your excellency,the Hon.minister of State for the Establishment of 22 new Junior Secondary schools,43 primary schools and a cluster of many ECCD&E centers across the six Area councils of the FCT.
In addition to the aforementioned;FCTUBEB within the last 2 years carried out Sensitization campaigns in over 300 communities to improve child participation in Basic Education to reduce syndrome of out of school children;Assuring quality,in the Last 2 years 1,327 classrooms were constructed,and rehabilitation of 1,817 classrooms with offices and stores were effected. With the support of Hon.minister of State;the Board introduced a digital Edition program tagged FCT UBEB Learn-at-Home e-learning programme to complement the usual classroom teaching and learning and various trainings were organized for 7,156 teachers and school administrators at various times within the last 2 years.
Reacting to the report by the director of works, “The FCT Minister of State was quoted as saying, in clear honesty, I salute your stride in recent times, but I must task you to do more as we’re currently faced with the need to do more by ensuring that the needful is done in FCT schools for a better tomorrow of our children.
I’m giving you a seven-day ultimatum, beginning from today, to make sure the needful are done in the affected school and other schools that may be facing similar challenges;the Hon.minister emphasized.
We’re committed to bringing the best we can to our people;and to ensure that every child of school age resident in FCT get access to free and compulsory Basic Education;and this resolve cannot be compromised for anything whatsoever, said, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani, FCT Minister of State.