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Pupils at a school in Garissa County. The drought situation has forced some of them to abandon classes. Photo/ Amoto Dennis

Garissa schools forced to close as drought persists

By Amoto Dennis.

Former Fafi MP, and Garissa senatorial aspirant Major (Rtd) Aden Sugow has challenged both the County and National governments to double their efforts in mitigating the on-going drought which has not only ended in loss of livelihood but also resulted in schools being closed.
Speaking while distributing relief food to Fafi residents, the former legislator said he was shocked by the sad situation in Galmagalla where institutional infrastructures such as schools and healthcare have collapsed.
“Schools in Gumbis and Bulla Gollolwere closed early this month, long before official closer time, due to acute water and food shortage coming as a result of lack of rainfall ,’’ said Sugow.
The legislator who was on tour of the area said the visit opened his eyes to the pain , suffering and neglect from the concerned authorities, adding that he would push for more food and water to be brought to the region where school feeding programme has been stopped by the governmnent.
“We need to solve our differences and pull resources together to lessen the pain hardship being felt by our people at the moment,’’ he noted.
He added that thousands of residents in the county are facing starvation and something must be done or else more lives will be lost and especially of the vulnerable children who used to rely on School Feeding Programme.
Sugow said the government should consider re-instating the School Feeding Programme which has been critical in enticing and retaining learners in school.
“I pray to Allah to lessen the pain of our people and bless us with rainfall and urge our people to embrace education by enrolling more children in school and open closed ones,’’ he said.

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