By Emmanuel Elebeke
MAIDUGURU—Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima has vowed to make private schools in the state unattractive to the children of the state.
The governor made the vow while speaking on the celebration of the defeat of Boko Haram by the Nigerian military.
He said his administration is currently building 34 mega schools that can accommodate between 1000-1200 students and the targets are principally, the orphans of Boko Haram.
The governor said he was determined to uplift the standard of education in the state to such a level that will make private schooling unattractive like in Rwanda.
‘‘We are building 34 mega schools that can accommodate between 1000-1200 students. Our targets are principally, the orphans of Boko Haram. So, we want to bring in students from the neighborhood and join them with the victims of Boko Haram and give them some sense of belonging.
‘‘There are some estates we are building across the state. Our people in the North are the poorest of the poor and Boko Haram came to make things worse,” the governor said.
Governor Shettima, who underscored the importance of education in nation building, said he has obsession for education and that he would stop at nothing to achieve his goal.
He said: ‘‘My obsession is all about education. You can call me a crazy man, so be it. I owe nobody any apology. I am crazy about education because education is the greatest game changer.”