Nigeria`s Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu on 25th of November,2018, said over N7 billion has been spent by the federal government on provision of security for unity schools between 2017 and 2018.
The minister clarified that the amount was for the beefing up of security through provision of security infrastructure for the 108 unity schools in the country.
Mallam Adamu Adamu who spoke yesterday in Abuja, while speaking the media on the policies, programmes and actions of the government in the education sector said government decided to provide basic security infrastructure in the schools because of insecurity in the north east, caused by Boko Haram as well as incidents of kidnapping in parts of the country.
“Against the backdrop of insecurity in the northeast, occasioned by Boko Haram as well as incidents of kidnapping in parts of the country, the Federal Government has decided to provide basic security facilities in our Unity Schools,” he said.
The minister explained that the period government provided perimeter fencing in the schools that were yet to have one, CCTV cameras within the school premises, as well as street lights powered by solar systems and modern security gates, among others, were also put in place.
He noted that the security infrastructure project in unity schools began last year, adding that in the 2017 budget, the federal government made a provision of N5 billion for those facilities to be provided for in 65 unity schools.
The minister said in the 2018 budget, the federal government provided a total of N2,025,811,972.99, for the provision of these facilities, with a total of 39 schools benefiting.
He said the Ministerial Tenders Board, MTB, has already approved the award of contracts for the provision of the security facilities, adding that in the coming weeks, contractors would begin to mobilize to their various sites.
Mallam Adamu who gave a analysis of schools to benefit from the intervention, enlightened that the briefing was part of efforts by the government to be responsible to Nigerians, adding that it will keep the people abreast of what the current administration was doing to improve infrastructure in unity schools.