The Kano State government on Monday commenced the revocation of illegally acquired or not properly documented property and structures within the metropolitan area for the establishment of mega-secondary schools.
The measure is aimed at decongesting the boarding schools across the 36 local government areas following persistent abduction of students from boarding schools in neighbouring states.
The state Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, in a statement made available to newsmen in Kano, explained that the decision was in tandem with the prevailing security challenges coupled with the congestion of schools in the outskirt of the city.
He said while the government was currently reviewing the security situation in the face of the recent offensive against bandits, kidnappers and other criminals in forests adjoining the state, the government would be proactive in adopting measures that secure its schools.
Garba cited one such confiscated and converted property at Filin Bola along Court Road in Tarauni Local Government Area, which has no building permit where the government would establish such a mega-school.
He said when it takes off, the school would have, among others, as its specifications a storey block of 18 classrooms, a storey block of laboratories, multi-purpose hall, administrative block, sports arena, VIP toilets, state-of-the-art science equipment.
The commissioner further explained that the government has noted with concern how congestion is creating an incompatible atmosphere for teaching and learning in the schools, as well as the portending dangers students are exposed to in the schools.
He also revealed that the government would also confiscate property developed on areas not earmarked for the purpose it was meant for.
Garba pointed out that the government was currently “looking into cases of land approvals for residential purposes but converted to shops or commercial plots that are now turned to residential buildings and vice versa.”