Helmand mines dept, school get new buildings
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): New buildings for mines and petroleum department and a school have been completed and handed over to officials’ concerned for formal use in southern Helmand province, an official says on Wednesday.
During inauguration ceremony, Governor Mirza Khan Rahimi said that construction of the building would help improve the efficiency of mines and petroleum department. The facility, he said had 14 rooms constructed at a cost of 11 million Afghanis.
Habibullah Haqparast, director mines and petroleum, said his department had no specific building which caused delay in work. The building has been built on half an acre land, containing two guest houses and car park.
Meanwhile, Abdul Matin Jaffar, director education, said that in Nad Ali district a building for a school had been constructed having 16 class rooms and administrative offices.
The building, he said cost 14 million Afghanis funded by the UK. Reconstruction of 17 schools had been ongoing while construction of 13 other schools had been approved, he said. He urged local elders to send their children to schools.
Jamal-u-Din, director education in Nad Ali district, said almost all 31 schools had been opened where around 16,000 students including 4,000 girls were studying. At least 14 schools had buildings, reconstruction of four schools had been ongoing, he added.
At least 277 schools, out of 385 schools have been closed due to insecurity in Helmand. The officials estimate that nearly 100,000 students were deprived of education due to closure of schools.
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