Education board decries dumping of refuse in public schools’ premises

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Public schools are being used as refuse dump sites.

Public school compounds in both rural and urban centres in Abuja are being wrongly used as refuse dump, the Abuja Universal Basic Education Board has said.

The Board’s Director, Adamu Noma, decried this situation in Abuja on Wednesday.

He stressed that such practice had adverse consequences on the health of the school children.

He advised Abuja residents to desist from such acts saying “if they knew that it is not good for their own children, they wouldn’t be doing that.”

Mr. Noma claimed that most of Abuja public schools have incinerators where refuse are dumped on a weekly basis and sometimes on a daily basis, after which they are burnt.

“In some areas and communities, people capitalise on some of these areas and then send their refuse and even dump them even beside the school and then the evacuation of some of those things will be beyond the capacity of the school.

“We have so many places like that especially if you look at the schools in urban centers here where some of the school premises are used as dumping grounds by the neighborhood. That is very bad; we must desist from doing that kind of thing,” he said.

The director, who also stressed the need for rural infrastructure development to promote sound learning and enhance grassroots development, noted that neglecting rural communities placed the school children there at a great disadvantage.

He, therefore, called for synergy between relevant government agencies in the provision of these facilities.

“Let me call on all the agencies charged with the responsibility of providing some of these basic social amenities to our rural communities,” he said.

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