By Muhammad Auwal Ibrahim
In January 2020, Edutorial reported how pupils in Pantami and Gabukka Primary schools were receiving lessons on bare floors due to insufficient furniture, but a few months later, the schools have received intervention projects from the Gombe State Government, Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami and Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
The development was noted during separate visits by Edutorial reporter in 2020 and 2022 to Gabukka and Pantami primary schools respectively.
A few months after the report was published, Edutorial gathered that Gabukka primary school has received more supply of sitting furniture. A staff of the school told our reporter in 2020 that “the seats were supplied some months ago”
In a separate visit to Pantami Primary School in 2022, our reporter observed new sitting materials with the inscription BESDA on them, signifying Gombe State Government intervention.
Still, Pantami primary school witnessed another intervention through Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, who is also an alumnus of the school, as contained in a statement made available on his verified Twitter handle/Facebook page.
The statement, obtained and studied by this reporter, in Hausa language on May 20, 2022, categorised the developmental projects into two: government intervention and corporate social responsibility.
“Pantami commended the quality of the renovation work and the construction of a new computer centre. He also encouraged the pupils to tighten up their belts and study with good intention,” the statement read.
The renovation of Pantami primary school as monitored by Edutorial, took place around April 2022 giving the school a new look.
During the visit, our reporter gathered that the school also benefited a computer centre and solar energy from Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) as obtained from the signpost erected before it.
The centre was named after Minister Pantami.