From Lateef Taiwo
Kebbi Governor, Dr Nasir Idris says his administration within eight months in office has expended over N9 billion on education.
He disclosed this at the flagg-off of National Campaign on Out-Of-School Children in the Geo-Political Zones in Nigeria held in Birnin. Kebbi today
The governor explained that the sum was spent in the construction of classrooms, provision of motorised boreholes and hand-pumps, construction of toilets, provision of furniture, renovation of dilapidated classrooms and provision of textbooks and writing materials.
According to him, 2,000 teachers were trained to improve their pedagogic competence for effective teaching in schools, adding that six mega schools were being constructed to provide access to education by Almajiris and other categories of out-of-school children in the state.
He added that 717 Post-Basic Literacy Centers were established across the state for post-basic literacy programme for the Almajiris that had already undergone basic literacy programme under Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA).
The governor noted with satisfaction that BESDA programme, Kebbi State recorded tremendous success in terms of enrolling the different categories of out-of-school children into schools through the instrument of non-formal learning centres.
Gov. Idris said in particular, 3,945 learning centres were established comprising Almajiri, Girl-Child and Nomads Children and more than 500 learners have been enrolled in basic literacy programme.
“This has let Kebbi to attain an enviable position amongst the 17 BESDA participating states in terms of achievement of rewards,” he said.
In his speech, the Hon. Minister of State, Education, Dr Yusuf Tanko-Sununu urged Kebbi people to appreciate the new administration given to them by Almighty Allah by supporting its policies and programmes and rendering good advice that would take the state forward.
He appealed to individuals and groups to key into the national campaign on out-of-school children and other issues related to education “as government alone cannot do it.”
Tanko-Sununu advised the State Government to establish a strong foundation by constructing more classrooms and recruiting more teachers to make it easy for the Federal Government to come in and assist.
The minister urged the governor to ensure recruitment professional teachers who duly registered with Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
While applauding the governor for increasing allocation to education in the 2024 budget, the minister also advised His Excellency to talk to traditional rulers in the state to see how teachers respect would be restored.
Dr Falake Olatunji-David, Director, Basic Education, Federal Ministry of Education said the programme was the third phase of the several interventions embarked upon by the ministry to ensure substantial reduction in the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria.
She lamented that recent study shows that Nigeria accounts for one out of every five out-of-school children in the world and 45 per cent of out-of-school children in West African sub region.
The director appealed to spirited individuals in the state to aid the less privileged in the community by adopting the children and youths “who are of school age and supporting the education of such.”