A former Senator from Kaduna state, Senator Shehu Sani has said that his Alma Mata, Government Science College Kagara will require nothing less than N500million to rebuild back to its standard.
Government Science College Kagara, it would be recalled, was in the news recently when gunmen abducted students of the school during a night raid.
The incident however exposed the decay in the school which drew attention from far and near.
Three months after the incident, government has yet to intervene to rehabilitate the school’s infrastructure although its old students’ body had moved in to assist.
Speaking during the meeting of the Kagara Old Students Association in Minna, Sani said the situation was not different with other schools in the orth.
“Bandit and terrorists are destroying public schools in Northern Nigeria and all the schools are now in perilous state. It is sad that those who benefitted from public education have neglected it. If we don’t wake up from the reality, we will be growing generation of uneducated youths.
“We have visited the school and as association we are making some contributions to renovate some things because it is completely in ruin, it can’t be renovated but rebuilt completely. We are making financial contribution to see how we can pick up some things to rebuild because the school has to be rebuilt from the scratch.
“Rebuilding the school will cost about N500 million at a modest cost. What we are doing now is to task ourselves because we cannot do it all,” Sani said.
He called on the government to give attention to old students associations and engage them in boosting education.
“A section of ministry of education should be dedicated for the old students association with a desk officer to ensure free flow of communication between old students and the school. It shouldn’t be just an association but a cooperative to give back to the schools,” he said.
The National President Kagara Old Students, Dr Idris Abdullahi Lego, said they are working hard to unite the old students from 1973 till date to foster unity and see how to give back to the school and the community.
“We are tasking all our members to pay N500 annual dues from the year of graduation till date and we also plan to raise fund for the school project. We have also contacted the government to see how they can renovate the school and it is already in the 2021 budget,” he said.