Friday, September 8, 2017 4:23 pm
Bauchi State Government said on Friday that it had embarked on the planting of 10, 200 tree seedlings in all its primary and junior secondary schools.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prof. Yahaya Yero said this in Bauchi, while launching the Tree planting Campaign at Fadamar Mada, Model School.
Yero said that 10, 000 seedlings were donated to the board by the Sarkin Itatuwan Bauchi, Alhaji Abubakar Ladan, while 200 seedlings were donated by Alhaji Mohammed Gwaram, Director, School Services of the Board.
He explained that the programme was aimed at restoring the past glory where schools had trees and shrubs planted within their premises that acted as aesthetics, shades, wind and rain breakers.
Yero promised that registered contractors of the board would, henceforth, be directed to plant at least five trees as condition for award of contracts for construction and rehabilitation of school buildings.
He also said that schools that excel in nurturing of the seedlings to maturity would be rewarded with prizes while those found wanting would be sanctioned.
The chairman decried the present deplorable conditions of some of the schools in the state due to neglect by previous administrations.
He said the non-payment of counterpart fund to Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) had inhibited the development and maintenance of schools in the state.
He, therefore, said that the present administration was working hard to change the previous trend, adding that most of the schools would be given facelift.
“We have just advertised for bids from contractors in that respect and the exercise is ongoing,’’ he said.
The District Head of Bauchi, Alhaji Nuru Jumba, had earlier, commended those who donated the trees.
He said the innovation would help curb the menace of deforestation and desertification.
“I urge the beneficiaries to nurture the seedlings to maturity unlike the previous programmes where such seedlings were not allowed to reach maturity.
“I will hold head teachers, teachers and administrators of schools responsible for such negative acts this time around,’’ Jumba said.