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World Bank donates $611m to support Nigeria’s universal basic education

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Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu on Thursday disclosed that the World Bank has provided a total of $611million to support Nigerian government in strengthening universal basic education.

Mr Adamu, made the disclosure in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, while speaking at the launching of Better Education Service Delivery for All, BESDA, a program initiated by the World Bank to support the Nigerian government in strengthening education across the country.

According to the minister, the country has the highest number of out-of-school children in sub-Saharan African with an estimation of 13.2 million.

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DAILY NIGERIAN reports that in attendance at the launch were: Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state, who was represented by his Deputy, Chief Moses Adeyemo, Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Toye Arulogun among others.

Mr Adamu who spoke through the Director, Basic Secondary Education in the Ministry, Dr. Lami Amodu noted that the government is strengthening the quality of basic education in Nigeria to confront factors that deny the children access to Basic Education.

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He commended the World Bank for initiating BESDA and the provision of the sum of $611million in strengthening Universal Basic Education as well as addressing the first pillar of the Ministerial Strategic Plan, MSP, 2016 – 2019 on out-of-school children.

Mr Adamu said that BESDA focuses on 17 states in the country which includes the entire 13 states of the North West and North East geo-political zones, Niger, Oyo, Ebonyi and Rivers, saying, “It is gratifying that Oyo State is the second among the 17 states that have successfully commenced the implementation process.

He said, “I am indeed very delighted over the bold step taken by Governor Ajimobi for being the second out of 17 states covered by BESDA to formally launch the program. This is a clear demonstration on Governor Ajimobi’s quality leadership and his personal commitment to education as well as the passion to revatilise our education sector in order to develop the abundant human capital of the state.

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“Let me appreciate the world bank for initiating the BESDA and the provision of a total sum of $611million to support the Nigerian government in strengthening universal basic education as well as addressing the first pillar of the ministerial strategic plan 2016-2019 on out of school children”.

Also speaking, Governor Ajimobi said that the present administration in the state has done a credible directional road-map to guide the operation of all stakeholders in the education sector.

According to him,  the State Government has also spent huge amount of resources with a view to ensure quantitative and qualitative education service delivery in the state.

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He said “It is worthy to note that our government has not defaulted in the provision of matching grants for the provision of infrastructural facilities to enhance basic education delivery in the state.

“We commend the FG and the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, for ensuring the quality education at all levels. We cherish and consider a great privilege and wish to assure the Federal government of Nigeria that the state will put in place all necessary mechanism to ensure the successful implementation of BESDA.”

Executive Secretary of the commission, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi while explaining the rationale behind the program, maintained that the BESDA was introduced in order to address the menace of out of school children especially in the northern part of the country.

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