Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCTA to embark on schools rehabilitation next year

The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, said it would begin massive rehabilitation and renovation of facilities in public senior secondary schools in the nation's capital next year. 

Speaking when he visited some public schools in the FCT to assess available facilities, chairman of FCT Secondary Education Board, SEB, Hon. Yahaya Muhammad, noted that population explosion, due to the influx of people into the territory has ove

Muhammad explained that the visit was to enable his team have on-the–spot assessment of all facilities in the public schools, as well as to ascertain their levels of decays, so as to have a better opportunity for proper planning and projection in next year’s budget. 

“So far so good, the little challenges we have here and there are things that we are here to ascertain, so that we are better informed to have them in our 2019 budget. We have seen where we have shortages of facilities, especially where we need renovations, inadequacy of classrooms in some of the schools,” he noted. 

 

The chairman disclosed that the board has so far visited about 55 senior secondary schools, out of about 66 schools in the FCT, adding that the board would ensure that it visits the remaining schools.

Muhammad stated that the board would ensure that senior secondary schools in the FCT move with the tide of time, by providing learning environment to help students discover and develop their potentials.

He expressed satisfaction with the standard of facilities in the schools, despite the influx of people and maintained that it is the responsibility of the board to ensure that the facilities are provided in the public schools in the FCT.

In an interview, the principal of Government Girls Secondary School, GGSS, Dutsen-Alhaji, in Bwari area council, Binta Nasir, explained that the school is facing many challenges, such as inadequate classrooms, hostels and staff quarters, among others.

“We appreciate the board for the renovation of some of our buildings recently. We now have a new library. However, we are still in need of some additional facilities. Number one, we need more classrooms in the school. We equally need additional hostels, with beds.

"Our laboratories are also calling for attention. They need to be renovated. Classrooms with furniture and staff furniture are also what we need. We also need additional dining hall and furniture. And being a boarding school, especially for girls, additional staff quarters are needed, because what we have now is one room for each of our staff and we all know what that means," she affirmed.

The principal of Government Secondary School, GSS, Bwari-Abuja, Dr. Favour Nse, had noted that her school needs general overhauling saying; “In terms of infrastructure, we need general overhauling on the entire school infrastructure - the hostels, the laboratories and the classrooms, all need general overhauling.”

 

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