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Reps approve N1.39 Bn for Nomadic Education Commission

The House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services has approved the sum of N1.39 billion naira in the 2022 budget of the National Commission for Nomadic Education.

The Chairman of the Committee Prof Julius Ihonvbere, gave the approval after the committee members’ scrutiny of the 2021 budget performance and defence of the 2022 budget by the agency.

Mr Ihonvbere said this will include emolument of staff and projects including fencing of schools due to raving insecurity in the northern part of Nigeria.

The lawmaker stated that insecurity is a major challenge to nomadic education in the northern part of the country and called on State Universal Basic Education Commission SUBEC as the authorities to find ways to secure these schools.

In the budget document presented to the Committee by the Executive Secretary of the Commission Prof.Bashir Usman, over 759 million naira was earmarked for capital projects to be undertaken in all the nomadic schools in some northern states of the country even as N50 million was set aside for capacity development of the youths.

Some of the capital projects according to him include procurement of tools, rehabilitation of schools, installation of KVA transformers, mobilization of out school children, procurement of transmitters, fencing of schools and capacity building development for nomadic youths.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu, Editing by Omotola Oguneye