A former Minister of Information, Frank Nweke Jr, has said the deteriorating state of unity schools in Nigeria is affecting the unity and inter-ethnic relationship of people in the country.
Nweke, who disclosed this while briefing journalists, preparatory to the celebration of 50th anniversary of Federal Government College, Maiduguri, where he attended, said they owe a duty to the nation to make things right.
“It’s regrettable that the schools are no longer as diverse as they used to be because most of the students in unity school now come from within the so-called catchment area, which is not the purpose.
“I want to say categorically that this does not help us as a country, if we should look at the state of inter-ethnic relationships today, and the state of security in the country, you will see that the deterioration in these schools is affecting us, and have not helped us in any way,” he said.
He said the concept of unity school had been a very brilliant, well-conceived and very cultured idea in promoting national unity and cohesion.
Earlier, the president of the association, Suleiman Dikwa said they were trained among the best, using taxpayer’s money to drive the change that the nation deserved.