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10,000 schools per year will be remodelled and equipped, transforming classrooms to labs, workshops and collaboration centres

Ahead of his re-election in 2019, Buhari pledged that 10,000 primary and secondary schools would be remodelled each year and classrooms equipped. 

We haven’t found any evidence this was achieved between 2019 and 2022, including in any of the administration’s publications of its achievements.

Oriyomi Ogunwale is the project lead at Eduplana, an organisation focused on education in Nigeria.

He told us it was difficult to track school projects in the country because the education ministry and the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) didn’t publish data on their websites. They were also often reluctant to release hard copies.

“One can try to track by checking school projects listed in the country’s annual budgets. But I’m sure the number would be far less than the 10,000 schools target. There is no way this administration would have remodelled 30,000 schools since 2019 and not be in the news,” he said. 

We found less than 200 projects in primary and secondary schools in each of the annual budgets for 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. We also found 15 school projects listed on UBEC’s website but they were not dated. 

– Africa Check, updated May 2022

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