The Benue State Government has disclosed that over two hundred thousand students in public secondary schools in the state have been forced out of school due to Fulani herdsmen invasion.
Also, more than a thousand secondary school teachers have stopped working due to the constant attacks.
Prof. Wilfred Uji, Executive Secretary, Benue State Teaching Service Board made this known in an interview with journalists in Makurdi on Thursday.
He explained that the Fulani herdsmen have destroyed over twenty out of the sixty-four government-owned secondary schools across the state, adding that the board would need over a billion naira from the Federal Government as an intervention for total construction and rehabilitation of the affected schools.
Uji listed the communities where government-owned secondary schools were affected by the herdsmen attacks to include Agatu, Udei, Gbajimba, Torkula all in Guma LGA as well as Logo, Ukum and Katsina-Ala LGA.
“At one instance, the herdsmen wrote a letter to the principal of Community Secondary School, Tongov in Katsina-Ala LGA and the man died later.
“I can categorically tell you that the future of children displaced by the attack is bleak, and it will take the state and other parts of northern Nigeria more than 100 years to catch up with the rest of the states in the country educationally.
“The North accounts for over 80 per cent illiteracy rate in the country due to insurgency and other unrest around the region. There are over five million school dropouts in Northern Nigeria.
“There is no future for our children educationally. Urgent intervention is needed to restore confidence in the system. We should stop playing politics.
“In the next 100 years, we will still find ourselves quarreling over the issue of education. The North is the one marginalising itself. The northerners especially the president should wake up and stabilise the educational system in the region.
“I urge the FG to set up Secondary Schools Commission like the Nigeria University Commission (NUC), Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and National Board of Technical Education to regulate secondary school affairs across the country,” he stated.