- After years of suffering institutional neglect, attention has been called to the sorry state of the Kagara Government College
- Shehu Sani, a former Kaduna lawmaker, urged the Niger state government to build a perimeter fence for the school
- Sani decried that public schools have now become the "sitting ducks for bandits and terrorists"
Shehu Sani, a former lawmaker representing Kaduna Central, has called the attention of the Niger state government to the terrible case of the Government Science College, Kagara Niger state.
In a picture-tweet on Thursday sighted by Legit.ng, the former lawmaker, writer and social critic, said the "absence of perimeter fence made it easier" for the abductors to perpetuate the abduction.
Kagara darted into the spotlight after suspected bandits on Tuesday, February 16, stormed the government college, shot sporadically, with one student feared killed and several others including the teachers abducted.
The abduction is coming months after a similar plot played out in Katsina state where schoolboys were abducted in Kankara local government.
Sani called on Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger to rebuild GSC after a decade of utter neglect by the government.
According to him, the school has become a "sitting ducks for bandits and terrorists."
The former lawmaker said in an emotional tweet:
"Dear Governor Bello, sometimes it takes tragedy for things to change. Use this opportunity to rebuild GSC Kagara, after decades of utter neglect. Absence of a perimeter fence made it easier for the Kidnappers.
"Public schools must not be sitting ducks for bandits and terrorists."
Rich Efe stated:
"This is a state that has produced 2 former heads of State. Ayam just tired for this country. It's all about them, never the people."
Idris Salanke also commented:
"Yeah indeed it's not only GSS Kagara was at the vast of total obsolescence if might get it right it's all must 85% of the government school in the state are facing such situation, A like there was no government to over looks things getting out of hand."
Abubakar Nasir wrote:
"Can you imagine a school where boys are turn to men, zeros to heros, grass to grace and hopeless to hopeful. Which kind of country are we having..Please government this negligence on the educational sector is too much."
Been Saeed wrote:
"Is it all about the government? This school must have produced notable members in the today's society that the bill required for its rehabilitation will cost them nothing why won't they make the environment suitable for others as it was for them?"
Meanwhile, Aisha Babangida, daughter of the former military head of state and prominent statesman Ibrahim Babangida, has urged the federal government to "reevaluate the root causes of kidnapping and address them."
Reacting to the abduction of college students in Kagara by suspected bandits in a post on her Instagram page on Thursday, February 18, Babangida said she shared the pain of the victims.
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