The sky was blue and bright and the heat was biting as we drove into Hadejia – it used to be called Biram – in Jigawa State, northeast Nigeria, said to be one of the seven founding states of the Hausa King
We had learnt that many of today’s elite in northern Nigeria had their formative education in Kofar Arewa Primary School located in the ancient town.
But driving into the premises of the school that sunny afternoon, one was shocked at the level of rot that has reduced one of the first centre of Western education in northern Nigeria to what looked like a goat pen. What with the weather-
From one block to another, the picture was the same: that of misery and abandonment inside and outside. It was difficult to believe children still came here to learn.
But the school had just closed for the day and pupils had retreated home. Only the headmaster and a few teachers were around.
Kofar Arewa Primary School was established by the British colonialists just before Nigeria attained Independence in 1960, making it the oldest in Hadejia Emirate Council in Hadejia Local Government Area.