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Abandoned school wears new look in Akwanga

The rehabilitation work is an intervention project captured under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Conditional Grants Scheme.  

 A scorecard of the MDGs showed that 30 primary school blocks in all have been rehabilitated within the period.
“Nasarawa State has been a beneficiary of the Millennium Development Goals Conditional Grants Scheme from 2007 to date during which 30 primary schools have received interventions,” a scorecard from the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura on MDGs, Dr. Salisu Raj, said.
“These facilities which hitherto were in dilapidated condition were given structural facelift. These facilities, after being upgraded were also provided with solar powered boreholes, as well as solar lighting to provide power to the facilities at night as most of them are located deep in the rural areas,” the scorecard added.
 A former focal person in the state, Jafaru Loko had told Daily Trust that the contract job was to be ready for commissioning in April.
The once derelict structure which was further worsened by a devastating windstorm which struck last year, is now wearing a new look after the rehabilitation work.
Pupils and their teachers were seen in their new classes when Daily Trust visited. No staff of the school accepted our request for interview, as they said they had been warned against speaking to newsmen about the past and present condition of the school.
But they told Daily Trust under anonymity, that they were happy with the new face of the school, and hoped that the remaining blocks of classrooms and offices would receive same attention from the authorities.
The condition of the school generated accusations and counter accusations between officials of the Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura administration and of the former governor, Aliyu Akwe Doma. They exchanged words over the sum of N4 billion for the rehabilitation of schools in the state, which the previous administration claimed it left  in the coffers of the Universal Basic Education (UBE), while the current government said it met an empty account.

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