Gov Diri Directs Relocation Of School

The Bayelsa State governor, Senator Douye Diri, has directed the relocation of the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Kaiama in Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa state to a new site and facility.

This is after a picture of the school went viral on social media where the students were seen sitting on the bare floor to learn.

The Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Ayibaina Duba, in a statement on Tuesday, disclosed the directive by the governor and stated that the government was not unaware of the poor condition of the school.

“The attention of Bayelsa State Government has been drawn to a picture of the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Kaiama, on social media and the concerns it raised.

“This prompted the immediate on-the-spot assessment of the situation by the Commissioner for Education, Dr. Gentle Emelah.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Government is not unaware of the condition of our schools, and a holistic plan of action is being implemented to revamp them.

“This explains why the government is committing huge resources to several ongoing renovations and reconstruction of existing school’s infrastructure and construction of new ones.

“The case of the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Kaiama, is particularly pathetic because the school is susceptible to perennial flooding, which often results in damage to facilities and equipment in the school.

“While the state government will continue to implement the ongoing reconstruction of infrastructure in a phased and systematic manner within the limit of available resources, the Governor, His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri has directed that the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Kaiama, be relocated to a new site and provided with new facilities.

“The Ministry of Education is already implementing the directive,” the commissioner said.

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