The Vice-Chancellor of University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Prof. Abubakar Njodi, on Friday said activities of Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East have set the region backward educationally by several years.
He said with the attack of Boko Haram, especially on western education, it might now take the North between 500 and 1,000 years to compete educationally with the South.
He made the statement while receiving members of the Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative, led by its Vice Chairman, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsa, at the institution on Friday.
The PCNI members had visited the school community to commiserate with it over the recent attack by Boko Haram, which left five persons dead, including a professor of veterinary medicine.
The VC said: “Education in the North was already endangered prior to Boko Haram and a study that was conducted in the past revealed that the North was behind the South by 100 years.”
He said with recent realities, the gap could now be as much as between 500 and 1,000 years.
Njodi, however, said UNIMAID was ready to support efforts to improve the education situation in the region.
The PCNI delegation also visited the State Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri to commiserate with victims of the recent Nigerian Air Force misfire on the internally displaced persons’ camp in Rann, another town in the state.
During the visit, a donation of N20m was made to the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Labaran Ahmed, so as to effect the free treatment of all the patients.
Also the sum of N10, 000 was given to each patient while N1m was donated to the caregivers. (Punchng.com)