The Kaduna State Governor; Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has declared that all tertiary institutions situated in the southern region of Kaduna state be opened.
The Governor made this declaration yesterday through a statement delivered by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on media and publicity, Mr. Samuel Aruwan. The institutions have been ordered to reopen because of the newly improved security situation in the region.
Most of these institutions shut down and sent their students home because of the violent clashes between Fulani herdsmen and the farmers. The clashes led to the death of many people and the destruction of property worth several millions. It was deemed unsafe for the schools to operate so they shut down but the Kaduna State Government has given assurances that the security situation has been drastically improved.
Sam Aruwan also explained that the State Government and its Ministry of Education will be assigning at least one campus to each council area as a new multi-campus structure has been adopted for the tertiary institutions of the state. The government explained that this new multi-campus structure will make the tertiary institutions more accessible and inclusive. It would also expand the range of courses that can be studied and these courses will be made available in all campuses.
“The new policy has been approved by the State Executive Council as a means to further expand access to higher education, make accreditation of courses more cost effective and respond to the desire of several communities to host tertiary institutions”, the statement read.