The Impacts of Boko Haram Insurgency on Educational Infrastructure and Facilities in North-East Nigeria
This study examined the impacts of the Boko Haram insurgency on educational infrastructure and facilities in North-East Nigeria, especially within Yobe State. This state has suffered the destructive activities of the sect, particularly towards western education. The region is one of the most destabilized geo-political zones in Nigeria due to the activities of the sect. Boko Haram insurgency destroyed 512 schools in the Northeast, displaced nearly 3 million people, and was responsible for 350,000 deaths. Yobe State is the second most affected state by the activities of the insurgent in terms of destruction of education infrastructure in the region after Borno State; then followed by Adamawa State. The article employed the Documentary Research Method (DRM) and applied document analysis that permits the utilization of documentary sources of data and systematic review and evaluation of available documents. The findings revealed the destruction of 609 buildings and other infrastructural and equipment. Some of the schools attacked included Bindigari and Central Primary School in Damaturu, Government Day Secondary School in Damaturu, and Government Secondary School in Mamudo. Federal Government College Buni Yadi and College of Agriculture, Gujba. The study further revealed that schools in the area were indefinitely closed at the peak of the conflict in 2014, and thousands of staff and students were displaced. The study recommends to the relevant authorities the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the affected educational infrastructure through enhancement of security operation within the buildings, provision of security to schools and the region, and prevention of future re-occurrence.
Keywords: Boko Haram, Educational Institutions, Insurgency, Insecurity Education Infrastructure and Facilities,