The Sokoto State government has said it will punish principals of schools found culpable of denying students the use of furniture provided by the government.
The spokesperson of Governor Aminu Tambuwal, Imam Imam, disclosed this to PREMIUM TIMES on Monday.
He was reacting to a story that the committee set up by the government to implement its State of Emergency in Education had discovered 200 sets of furniture locked up at a school where students sat on bare floor for lessons.
Mr. Imam had earlier issued a statement that the discovery was made at Hafsat Ahmadu Bello Memorial Secondary School, Sokoto.
He said the committee met students receiving lectures while sitting on bare floor.
“Only a few classes in the school have enough seats to accommodate them.
“For long, they have to put up with taking lectures while seated on bare floor.
“Most use prayer mats to protect their whole tops from the floor’s dust, while others come to classes with extra wrappers to spray on floor as they sit.
“While they have to put up with the most uncomfortable situation to take lectures daily, a few blocks away, 200 sets of classroom furniture were locked away, unattended to, and left to rot away.”
When contacted on whether the state government would take any disciplinary action on the school’s authority, Mr. Imam said the government would await the outcome of the committee’s findings.
“The committee is going round all the schools and I don’t think the government will treat individual cases,” he said.
Mr. Imam also said “definitely, punitive measures will be taken against any school found wanting”.
In his earlier statement on Sunday, Mr. Imam had said that the committee’s leader, Shadi Sabeh, had immediately ordered that the furniture be arranged in the classrooms, and admonished the school management to always prioritise the needs of students.