Jigawa And 16 States Will Benefit From BESDA FG Programme
Umar Akilu Majeri
Jigawa state and 16 states of the federation in which 13 of the northwest and northeastern state will receive educational intervention to address the increasing number of out of schools children.
It was estimated that about 10 million children are presently roaming in the streets across the country while Jigawa is one of the worst affected by the menace while the states of Rivers, Niger, Oyo, and Ebonyi.
In his speech, the minister of state for education, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiubu stated this today at the occasion of the launching of the better education service delivery for all at the Manpower Development Institute MDI, Dutse.
According to the minister, “the selection of the states was based on the prevalence of the number of out-of-school children in those regions while emphasizing that, “Jigawa is one of the worst-hit in the ranking in Nigeria”, he declared.
Mr. Chukwuemeka said the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) became effective on 22 January 2018 with the commencement of implementation processes at the Federal government level.
He said each beneficiary state is expected to commence implementation in line with the specific steps and guidelines provided under the program.
The Minister lament that even as there is nothing to cheer about when a single child is out of school, not to talk of the millions that are currently roan the streets, instead of being in the classroom learning.
He assured that out of school children will be returned soon as according to him, “learning is not only a moral and legal obligation but also a productive investigate that will guarantee the future of our children and ensure that their rights are protected as enshrined in the Child Rights act if 2003”, he stated.
On his part the state governor, Alhaji Muhammed Badaru Abubakar said the state government on its part has recruited 1,393 school teachers in 2018 while screening of 4,000 teachers under the J-teach program is underway.
Alhaji Muhammed Badaru said the flagging-off and launching of the BESDA at this time is appropriate because reducing the number of out-of-school children is one of the 10 pillars of the ministerial strategic plan.