Herdsmen attacks force 300,000 Benue pupils out of school

The Executive Secretary, Benue State Teaching Service Board, Prof. Wilfred Uji, on Tuesday stated that the persistent herdsmen attacks on Benue communities, had disrupted the school calendar and forced 300,000 children out of school.

He said, “200,000 of the figure are secondary school students and 100,000 are primary school pupils, which cut across three local government areas.”

Uji, who disclosed this at a press conference in Makurdi, lamented that the crisis had adversely affected the educational system, especially the primary and secondary school system.

He said Government Secondary School, Gbajimba; Government Secondary School, Agasha; Government Science Secondary School, Logo; and Government Secondary School, Ukum, among others, had been burnt or closed down completely by herdsmen.

Uji added that secondary school students and primary school pupils in public schools in Apa, Agatu, Makurdi, Okpokwu and Ogbadibo had also been forced to leave their schools.

The Executive Secretary noted that the situation had been worsened by threats to teachers.

Uji appealed to the federal and state governments to address the crisis. Copyright PUNCH

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