The Korean government has donated 37 newly constructed classrooms to Nigeria’s government through its special Department, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). The Korean Government has also approved and prepared the ground for the take-off of other big projects which are the construction of two comprehensive model schools of 25 classrooms each in Gombe and Adamawa states.
The Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Park Young-kuk delivered the keys to well-furnished classrooms in Katsina and Kogi States to the Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyat Rufai for onward delivery to the respective states.
The Korean Ambassador, Park Young-kuk disclosed that Korea achieved its development in one generation with education as the most important factor. “Even if we were poor at that time, the first priority of a family was the education of children” he said, adding that Nigeria with its rich natural endowments which Korea doesn’t have has great potentials to be developed if it invests in education for the young generation and assured of Korea’s continued support.”
According to him, KOICA’s projects being handed over comprised of 21 classroom in 5 schools in Katsina State and 16 classrooms in 5 schools in Kogi State respectively. Other impending projects in Nigeria he said include building of 4 elementary schools in Adamawa and Gombe States which are not additional classrooms but whole schools and the establishment of Vocational Training Centre in Kogi State.
Speaking at the occasion, Professor Rufai commended the Korean Government, saying that the kind gesture would go a long way in enhancing access to basic education in the two States thereby facilitating Nigeria’s effort towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
Professor Rufai however noted with dismay that Nigeria’s school system was being seriously challenged by the inadequacy of qualified teachers in science and mathematics subjects and the very low skills on the use of ICT among teachers and pupils. She appealed to all International Development Partners, NGOs and other education based organizations to assist in addressing the challenge.
The Katsina State Governor, Dr Ibrahim Shehu Shema who was represented by his deputy, Barrister Sirajo Umar Damari commended Korean Government for considering the State worthy of its assistance and assured that the facilities would be put to best use.