Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i has refuted claims that Kaduna State government plans to relocate tertiary institutions from Southern Kaduna. He said the schools will be re-opened soon with improved security situation of the area.
Jointly addressing newsmen on Wednesday in reaction to a press conference addressed by the National President, Southern Kaduna Youth and Students Forum (SKYFOM), Galadima Jesse, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Andrew Jonathan Nok, his counterpart from the Ministry of Health and Human Services, Dr. Paul Manya Dogo and the Senior Special Assistant Media and Publicity Samuel Aruwan, reiterated, “There is no plans whatsoever to move the schools from Southern Kaduna as it is being speculated.”
They also noted that the College of Education, Gidan Waya, Kafanchan campus of Kaduna State University (KASU) and College of Nursing and Midwifery are still closed strictly on account of security concerns.
The Southern Kaduna Youth and Students Forum (SKYSFOM) had on Tuesday expressed dissatisfaction over the administration of Governor Nasir el- Rufa’i, saying it is a government that has no regard for freedom of expression and educational advancement of the people of Southern Kaduna and the institutions located within the zone. The group went further to accuse the Governor of deliberately and methodically trying to slow down the educational growth of the people of Southern Kaduna and the institutions located within.
But according to the governor, there is no agenda whatsoever by government to kill education in Southern Kaduna, but the state government is providing a robust plan to uplift standard of education in all parts of the state.
The Commissioner for education, Professor Andrew Nok explained that the state government is yet to receive clearance from the security committee on the re-opening of the institutions. “For the KASU Kafanchan campus, in other to sustain the admission for the new jamb students, we ensure that students are being brought to Kaduna to complete the remaining of the semester. They have never lost any part of the semester as they still have their credits earned. Secondly, we have had opportunity to admit new students in the JAMB result that just came out.
“We are making frantic efforts to ensure that the institutions are opened after all the security issues have been attended to. It is also important to note that construction works are ongoing at the Kafanchan campus of KASU. This shows the seriousness of government towards ensuring that academic activities resume in these institutions,” he said.
Similarly, the Commissioner of health, Dr. Paul Dogo reiterated that there has never been any discussion or plan to move College of Nursing and Midwifery from Kafanchan.
“With respect to academic activities in College of Nursing and Midwifery, there have been some activities going on in the school and it was because there was a special request made to Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i, which was duly discussed by the security committee to permit certain students to write their examinations. In March this year, the final year students wrote their exams, also in May, 2017, hospital finals was conducted for nursing students preparing them for their final national examination in September.
“Last Friday, the Preliminary Training School (PTS) students concluded their examination that will allow them to be indexed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. All these had to be done with special permission from the security committee and with additional security provided for the students to write their exams. As soon as the security committee is satisfied with the security situation of the state, the school will be opened for normal activities,” he assured.