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School Encroachment: Kano Gov’t Assures Full Implementation of Committee’s Report

By: MUKHTAR YAHAYA SHEHU

Kano State Commissioner of Education Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa has assured full implementation of the report of the Ministerial Committee on trespass and land encroachment in school as the committee presented it’s interim report.

Recall that in the 22nd February, 2024, 16-member committee on trespass and land encroachment in school was set up by the state to identify schools affected with trespass or encroachment by individuals, community or any organization and examine the level of encroachment in the vulnerable schools.

Receiving the interim report from the committee in his office, Commissioner Doguwa believed that considering the composition of the right people involved in the committee, members are doing what is required by the given terms of references.

“This committee has the group of the right persons that are doing well to come up with what is expected. I therefore want to thank you for taking your time to come up with this interim report which I believe will be the yardstick to our success,” the Commissioner said.

In a statement signed by Director public enlightenment state ministry for education Balarabe Abdullahi kiru the commissioner decried that the menace of trespass and land encroachment in school had been undermining the progress of schools in the state, stressing that the present administration is taking serious measures to address the problems.

The Commissioner assured the committee of government continued support to ensure success of its assigned responsibility.

“Let me assure you of this administration’s commitment to take rigorous decision to what is been submitted as report of the committee. Our doors are opened for any other advice or observations as regard to how we can collectively address the menace of schools encroachment ” he stressed.

He however urged members of the committee to redouble effort in discharging their assigned responsibility so as to achieve the intended objectives.

Presenting the interim report, the Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Habib Hassan El-Yakub maintained that upon the inauguration of the committee, the members mobilised for the pursuit of the assignment by visiting some of the identified schools to access the level of trespass or encroachment.

Habib Hassan announced that to this time, the committee had so far visited more than 63 schools and uncovered cases of trespass and encroachment which were later compiled in to interim report.

He explained that the committee is now partnering with relevant stakeholders including KNUPDA to facilitate easy identification of the affected schools with a view of tackling the problems.

“In order to ensure success in discharging our assigned duty, we decided to co-opt other important segments like KNUPDA and Security so that we can come up with better results ” said the Chairman.

He therefore assured the Commissioner of the Committee’s commitment towards accomplishing the tasks a head.

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