FG Pencils Plateau In North-Central As Pilot State For N-Power Junior

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Yakubu Busari

Plateau state has been penciled down for federal government pilot program of N-power program for Junior schools where at least no fewer than 200 pupils are to be trained on computer appreciation and ICT networking towards improving quality of learning environment.

The Executive Assistant to the Governor Simon Lalong on Social Intervention Programme, SIP, Dr. Sumaye Hamza said, N-power Junior, is a special intervention introduced by the office of the Vice President and Plateau state happened to be a state selected as a pilot to the North-Central region of Nigeria.

Dr. Hamza in an interview with our correspondent at the Obasanjo Model School, Hwolshe, Jos South Local Government Council on Wednesday, said that this program is called N-power Junior which sole aim is to embark on training of pupils from public primary schools where Plateau state was selected as the first beneficiary of the federal government gesture.

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Dr. Sumaye Hamza reiterated that; “we have a team from the office of Vice President who came on the survey and we went around some of the schools and we eventually chose Obasanjo Model school as one of the pilot school.

She maintained that the among the selected public primary schools are grouped under A, B, C and so the population that would benefit would be almost 2000 which is better when you go to a single school that has 600 pupils.

According to her, the target is ICT where there will be construction or renovations of the existing structures and equipping such structures which will be converted for training pupils.

Hamza stressed that the Solar power will also be provided, the project is 100% funded by the federal government of Nigeria, the state government only need to provide space and give them maximum cooperation so that children can learn computer hands-on without any challenge just like any other child in an affluent environment.

She also emphasized that they have taken the statistics of public schools who are to benefit from the school feeding program where the challenges were due to names submitted in the bank accounts.

The state complained about the deduction from schools where the MBS conducted physical and visited the schools based on the data given by SUBEB which she said they provided different data which affected the operations because of the pupils were not present in schools.

The children that are receiving feeding show clearly that the program is not a scam, I got shocked that pupils eat with their palms which she said that is not allowed.

We can’t tolerate such unwelcome practice; the federal government had provided each school with eating utensils that are made available across the benefiting schools.

We are calling on parents and leaders of benefiting schools to ensure that accurate report reach the appropriate authority, adding that they will sanction those who are engaged in these acts and we also engage those who know the area very well.

She warned that government shall deal decisively with those that think they can divert public primary schools funds meant for the betterment of Nigeria child and as he added that there is no special treatment to any community.

Also speaking Mr. Ola Royimi Shodimu the team leader in charge of the N-power Project in construction of classrooms and equipping them with computers and furniture said the project will have a positive impact on the educational system.

The plan is to see how the learning environment can be reposition to create a conducive learning environment for students and to promote ICT knowledge.

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