Monday, May 15, 2017 1:23 am
Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, on Sunday, inaugurated two newly established command secondary schools in Gusau and Talata-Mafara local governments of Zamfara.
The schools were built by the state government and handed over to the Ministry of Defence to establish command secondary schools in Gusau and Talata-Mafara towns.
The Science Command Secondary School Talata-Mafara is for boys, while the Command Science Secondary School in Gusau is for girls.
The inauguration of the schools was part of activities to mark the six-year anniversary of Gov. Abdul’aziz Yari in office as governor (2011 to date).
Dan-Ali commended the state government for providing the structures quickly to enable the command secondary schools to run in the state.
According to him, the history of command secondary schools in Nigeria started over 40 years ago but only four are located in the northern part of the country — two in Kaduna for the North-West and two in Benue for North-Central.
The minister said that the command schools were established to improve the educational development of the state.
He added that apart from the two command schools in the state, the ministry had also established Air Force Girls Secondary School in Kaura-Namoda, to be inaugurated
Responding, Yari commended the Federal Government and the Ministry of Defence for establishing the school in the state.
He said the state government welcomed the gesture without wasting time, considering
its importance to education for the people of the state.
He added that the schools would assist indigenes of the state with basic education of
military and that would further assist the state to fill its gap in the Nigerian Army in future.
Yari explained that the two schools were initially constructed by the National Universal Basic Education Commission in collaboration with the state government during the past administration.
He noted that Government Girls Junior Secondary School Gusau was converted to
Command Girls Science Secondary School, while the Almajiri School in Talata-Mafara was converted to Command Science Boys Secondary School.
“We remodeled the schools with additional structures, including classrooms,
student hotels, laboratories, staff quarters and furniture, among others.
“The state government spent over N335 million to improve the standard of the schools
as required by the Nigerian Military.’’