The Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, on Tuesday advised President Muhammadu Buhari to order the closure of schools opened in the Federal Capital Territory without compliance with due process.
The advice was contained in an open letter signed by the Bishop, Diocese of Kubwa, Anglican Communion, Abuja, Rt. Rev. Duke T. Akamisoko and addressed to the President Buhari.
“We have noticed that private schools ranging from primary, secondary and tertiary are being opened and run in unapproved structures and facilities within the FCT”, the letter reads.
Bishop Akamisoko, an educationist and former national treasurer of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) observed that the education guidelines are very clear as to structures and environment prescribed for schools.
He expressed displeasure at the rate of indifference to the guidelines by operators of private schools in Abuja.
“But contrary to the approved guidelines, schools are operated in rented shops, kiosks, flats, among others, which lack standard facility. In addition to this, it has been observed that teachers being recruited by such schools are not qualified. This no doubt has an attendant effect on the innocent pupils, parents and the nation at large”, he added.
While calling on the President to look into the operations of the Directorate for the Inspectorate of Education in the FCT, the clergy noted that the department seems to be relenting in its statutory obligation of approving, monitoring and supervision of private schools.
“This act cannot be far-fetched from the act of corruption which your Excellency has vowed to get rid of.
“We therefore pray your Excellency to use your good office to direct the appropriate department to act promptly so as to save the falling standard of our education before it is too late. We suggest that you direct the directorate of education in the FCT to swing into action, identify the concerned schools and close down such with immediate effect.
“The FCT is expected to be a model to other 36 states of the Federation. The onus however, behooves on the administrators of education in the FCT to sit up and ensure that due process is followed; standard and regulations are strictly complied with”.
Bishop Akamisoko further stated that if the dreams and aspirations of the President is to be realized, the standard of education should not be compromised. Earlier, the Communion had commended the renewed anti-corruption move of the Buhari regime and tasked him not to look back in eradicating corruption completely from the country.