Kaduna bans social events on school premises

Kaduna state governor nasir el-rufai

Kaduna State Government has banned all social gatherings, weddings, shows and entertainment on public school premises.

Permanent secretary, ministry of education Yusuf Saleh told NAN on Monday that the move was to protect school infrastructure.

“For a very long time some of our schools were being used for all kinds of activities, and at the end of the day, school facilities were being vandalised,” he said.

“Every day, we receive complaints and demands from citizens to construct, renovate, or fix one facility or the other in schools, and this involves a lot of money.

“It is, therefore, critical to take proactive steps to protect the school’s infrastructure and this is one of such steps.”

Saleh said that a circular had already been sent to all the principals and headteachers in secondary and primary schools, directing them to stop giving out school premises for social gatherings.

He said that some of the schools do not have fences, stressing that plans were underway to construct fences in all schools across the state.

The permanent secretary said the ministry is also working with the ministry of internal security and home affairs and Kaduna State Vigilant Service to provide security in schools.

Reacting to the development, citizens’ co-chair, Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism (KADBEAM) Tijjani Aliyu commended the state government for responding to calls to protect school facilities.