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The plight of Zabeyidna Primary School in Niger State

Published Nov 11, 2018

In the Nigerian 1999 constitution, every child has the right to quality basic education. But this is not the case for the children in Zabeyidna Community of Niger State. The only school in this community was established in 1992 and since then, the government has not put up any structure or provide relevant learning resources in the school. The only dilapidated buildings in the school were built as a community self-help project many years ago.


There is no Junior Secondary School in Zabeyidna Community and neighbouring communities, upon completion of primary school, the children would travel for over 8 kilometres on foot through bush paths to access the closest junior secondary school in Kaduna State (Dulu Tafa Junior School). Unconfirmed reports have it that there have been cases of female students being rapped and cases of missing boys and girls as well on their way to Dulu Tafa. The route to Dulu Tafa has become very dangerous and many children, especially the girl child are unable to proceed to secondary school due to fear of being kidnapped, raped or used for rituals.

The state (Niger State) generated about 263.3 Billion Naira between 2015 and 2018, but didn’t deem it fit to give this community hope for a better future. Together we can bring hope to Zabeyidna Community. Sign this petition to call for a quick positive response from the state government and other relevant stakeholders. 

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Petitioning Niger State Government to provide conducive learning environment for Zabeyidna Community Primary School children

Your Excellency,

Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello,

The Executive Governor,

Niger State of Nigeria.



We the undersigned citizens from different parts of Nigeria have used this means to bring to your attention the poor state of Zabeyidna Primary School, located in Gurara Local Government Area of Niger State.


Despite the fact that every Nigerian child has the constitutional right to free and compulsory primary and junior secondary education, the children in Zabeyidna Community are denied this right because the only public school in the community was established in the year 1992 with no building, chairs, desks, books, library, toilets and other learning resources a school is supposed to have. The school has just 5 teachers to cater for the 253 pupils in the school, and the only dilapidated buildings the pupils are currently learning from was built through a community self-help effort.   

We are therefore calling on you sir, the state government and other relevant stakeholders (copied below) to as a matter of emergency consider and act on the following recommendations:

  1. Build enough classrooms to cater for the learning needs of the 253 pupils including a teachers/admin office
  2. Provide chairs and desks for these children.
  3. Establish a Junior Secondary School to serve Zabeyidna community and other neighbouring communities. The long distances through bush paths to access Dulu Tafa Junior Schooll in Kaduna State has become very dangerous for these children.
  4. Send or appoint more qualified teachers to the school.

We look forward to an appropriate and quick positive response from you.



  • Federal Ministry of Education
  • Niger State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB)
  • Niger State Ministry of Education
  • Office of the Special Adviser to the President on SDGs
  • Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC)
  • Senator David Umar (Senate)
  • Hon. Alh. Lado Abubakar (House of Representatives) 
  • HRH. Mallam Muhammadu Awwal IBrahim (Emir of Suleja)
  • The Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly

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