The Federal Government Tuesday said it is targeting 10 million out-of-school children to benefit from the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) program.
The Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba disclosed this on Tuesday at the official flagged off of BESDA in Minna, the Niger state capital.
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The Minister said 17 out of the 36 states of the federation were beneficiaries of the program with the view to take off many Nigerian children of school age roaming the streets.
He said “over 10 million out-of-school children in the country were targeted to benefit from the program and I will urge Niger State that had benefitted 6 million dollars to ensure full implementation of the program to improve its literacy rate.”
The Niger State Chairman of SUBEB, Dr Isah Adamu in his welcome address said that BESDA has so far received 6 million dollars equivalent of N1,933,750,000.00 in two tranches in May and August 2019 respectively.
He explained that in carrying out its mandate, no fewer than 1,599 Almajiri centers were identified in 517 communities of the 15 focal local governments of the state with 206,093 out of school children were captured in which132,086 were males and 74,007 females.
Adamu also revealed that 72,553 out of school children were enrolled in the 367 selected non-formal education centres for the targeted 47,934 out of school children in Niger state.
Also, the Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello noted that the state has considered education as a major priority and recognised it as the foundation of genuine sustainable development, shared common aspirations with the federal government all for the transformation of education in Nigeria.