by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau State Universal Primary Education Board can now go ahead with its plan to construct classroom blocks at Rikkos Community Primary School in Jos North Local Government Area.
This came to light, following the resolution of a misunderstanding between Rikkos Community leaders and the various Football teams, who had earlier argued that constructing additional classroom blocks in the area would affect the pitch and force them out of the locality.
Our correspondent gathered that, the misunderstanding between the Rikkos Community leaders and the football teams in the area drew the attention of the Department of State Security Services and Divisional Police Office at Ungwan Rukuba as well as the Executive Chairman of Jos North Local Government Council, Shehu Bala Usman.
The council chairman was said to had initiated a reconciliation process on the matter so as to avert any security breach, and also invited all parties concerned to find a way forward.
According to him, this was to enable SUBEB go ahead with its plan of constructing the classroom blocks, and acknowledged that, in as much as football is now more than a sporting event, he however noted that, the construction of the classroom blocks will also benefit the community tremendously.
After the chairman’s intervention, the aggrieved youths agreed to suspend sporting activities in the community’s Primary School playing ground.
While assuring them of his desire and determination to engage all relevant stakeholders in the community to provide a temporary pitch for the youths to continue their training to avoid any form of criminality in the area, Shehu Usman queried the community leaders for refusing to entertain and engage in dialogue so as to nip the situation in the bud.
He nevertheless assured that his administration and that of Governor Simon Bako Lalong will not accept negligence and high handedness from any community such that may result to security breach.
He appreciated the understanding of the community leaders, football coaches, youths as well as the security operatives for finding headway on the matter. With the resolution of the impasse, the Universal Basic Education Board can now go ahead with the construction of classroom blocks for the community.
The community leaders as well as the coaches of Rikkos football teams appreciated the chairman for his quick intervention, adding that they would continue to support his administration to enable him succeed.