The Nasarawa State Government says it has employed no fewer than 2,000 primary schoolteachers across the 13 local government areas and 18 development areas of the state.
The Executive Chairman of the Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr. Muhammed Dan’Azumi, disclosed this in an interview with Northern City News on Sunday in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.
He, however, faulted a recent report in a national daily (not The PUNCH) that Governor Umaru Al-Makura’s Alma Mata, Dunama Primary School, is in shambles.
He described the report as mischievous, claiming that it was a calculated attempt to tarnish the governor’s image.
According to Dan’Azumi, contrary to the report, Dunama Primary School, like other schools in the state, had got Al-Makura’s attention, and it remains the pride of the state.
He said, “For somebody to write that the school is in a dilapidated situation was a calculated attempt to tarnish the image of the state and the governor in particular.
“This is one of the schools we are proud of across the state, particularly when the governor, who everybody is looking up to in the state, has given attention to the education sector, especially the basic education sector.”
He added, “Before the coming on board of the present administration under Governor Al-Makura, pupils used to seat on bare floor, but now instructional materials, tables, chairs and books have been supplied across all the primary schools in the state.”
He, however, lamented that the basic education sector in the state had suffered a major setback following the death and retirements of some teachers.
He said plans were in place to hire more teachers.