FG demands states’ commitment to out-of-school children
The Federal Government has demanded increased commitment from the 36 states and the FCT to address the out-of-school children peril bedevilling the country.
Minister of State for Education, Hon Emeka Nwajiuba, made the remarks during a visit to the Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, in company of the officials of the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC.
A statement by the Spokesperson of UBEC, Mr Osom Osom, said Nwajiuba had on Thursday, September 5th, 2019, undertaken an advocacy visit to Gombe with a view to laying a firm foundation for addressing notable basic education challenges in its domain.
It said the visit was also aimed at drumming up support for the successful implementation of the Better Education Service Delivery for All, BESDA, programme.
Nwajiuba therefore used the occasion to call on all states to redouble their efforts in supporting Federal Government's initiatives at addressing Pillar 1 of the education ministry's Strategic Plan of Action which focuses on increased access by all school-aged children across the country.
Also speaking, UBEC Executive Secretary, Dr Hammid Bobboyi, called on the Gombe state government to invest every available resource in addressing the out-of-school challenge.
Bobboyi expressed confidence that the state has what it takes to tackle the challenge of out-of-school children within its domain within a minimal time frame, while drawing the attention of the state government to the need for effective utilization of available UBE infrastructure especially the Girl’s Model Schools as well as JSS Vocational Centers.
He further urged the State to take active interest in implementing the BESDA programme by mobilizing its human and material resources for the sustainability of the programme especially ensuring that all stakeholders are on the same page in the BESDA programme implementation.
Gombe State Governor, Yahaya, in his remarks, lamented the effect of insurgency in the North East, while stressing the need for both government and stakeholders to redouble efforts towards addressing the security challenges as they have affected UBE delivery services in the region.
The Governor expressed confidence that sooner than expected, Gombe will emerge as one of the states parading excellent indices on UBE delivery.
The advocacy visit to Gombe State is part of the Federal Ministry of Education and UBEC strategic engagement with high level basic education stakeholders towards highlighting areas that require prompt attention especially by high-level state and non-state actors whose inputs and commitment is critical to effective UBE delivery in the country.