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Kebbi govt to enroll over 500,000 out-of-school children

The Kebbi State government says it is targeting to enroll some 500,000 children back into school.

The Executive Chairman, Kebbi State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB), Professor Sulaiman Khalid, made this known at the Flagg-Off ceremony of the National Campaign on Out-of-School Children in Birnin Kebbi.

Professor Khalid said Survey conducted in 2015 by the National Bureau of Statisctics revealed about 814,915 out-of-school children in Kebbi State.

Last year, the state was able to enroll a total of 86,000 of such children back to school , he said.

According to the Professor, the state government is targeting, this year alone , to re-enroll a total of 197, 700 out-of school girl-children, 298, 944 Almajiris as well as 11, 271 nomadic children across the state.

He added that arrangements have been concluded towards establishing more learning centres in order to cater for the targeted children.

He disclosed that there would be a total of 4,915 non-formal learning centres across the state to be established this year.

The exercise, he promised, will, at the same time, generate jobs for about 10,000 teachers, otherwise referred to as facilitators.

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, noted that Nigeria was still having a high rate of out-of-school children, saying the nation could not achieve sustainable development when greater percentage of its population were not educated.

“It is therefore, a foregone conclusion that no nation can make a meaningful progress with a high number of its youth as illiterate,” Mr Nwajiuba pointed out.

“High number of out-of-school children is inimical to the economic growth and advancement of any country,” he stressed.

The Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, represented by Secretary to the state Government, Alhaji Umar Babale Yauri, said Kebbi, under various programmes, had successfully re-enrolled over 600,000 out-of-school children.

Reporting by Abdullahi Tukur; Editing by Tola Oguneye and tony Okerafor