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Commissioner warns against encroachment on school lands

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OWERRI – The Imo State Commissioner for Primary, Secondary and Non-formal Education, Mrs Uche Ejiogu, has warned individuals and communities against encroaching on lands belonging to government schools in the state.

Ejiogu gave the warning in a statement signed by Mr Jonnie Ofoleta, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the ministry.

The statement quoted her as saying that all lands ceded to schools by communities and backed up with survey plans remained the property of the schools and the state government. [eap_ad_2] She said that the ministry would do everything possible to end the incessant encroachment on such lands by trespassers.

The commissioner said that fact-finding teams would be sent to the affected schools with a view to obtaining a first-hand assessment of the claims made.

Ejiogu encouraged communities and well-meaning individuals in the state to contribute to the free education programme of the state government.

She noted that such contributions could be donations to already existing state-owned schools or the building of new schools which would be handed over to the state government.

“The state government encourages public private partnership; you can contribute to the progress of the state and the Free Education Programme of the governor by making donations which will support the scheme.

“Well-meaning individuals, communities and groups can also build schools and hand them over to the state government,’’ she said in the statement. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]

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