NIGER State governor, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has raised the alarm that 50 ghost schools have been discovered on the nominal roll in the state.
Governor Aliyu, who raised the alarm before the weekly State Executive Council Meeting at the Government House, Minna, lamented that the Ghosts schools were discovered on the lists of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, and the state Ministry of Education.
Aliyu noted that the schools, which could not be located on ground anywhere in the state, must have gulped several millions of naira on monthly basis, as they had been used to siphon money from the state coffers.
“Imagine 50 ghost schools. At least in each of the schools, there would not have been less than 10 teachers on the payroll. That would amount to 500 teachers. Imagine the salaries and allowances of ghost teachers in such ghost schools, the amount would have been monumental,” he stated.
Aside the 50 ghost schools, the governor was also briefed about cases of about15 schools in Mashegu Local Government Area of the state which had only one Arabic teacher each.
Briefing the meeting before media men were excused out of the meeting, the Commissioner for Agriculture, who was the immediate past Head of Service, (HoS), Ibrahim Ahmed Matane, decried the level of infrastructural decay in the education sector in the local government.
The governor blamed the Agriculture Commissioner for not briefing him on the level of decadence in Mashrgu schools, even when Matane was the Head of Service.