FG distributes items to 150 pupils to enhance school enrolment

FG distributes items to 150 pupils to enhance school enrolment

The Federal Government has distributed two sets of uniforms, bags and exercise books to 150 selected pupils to boost school enrolment in Sokoto State.

 

The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, stated this during the distribution and inauguration of 2021 National Identification and Enrolment Drive for School-Age Children in Sokoto on Monday.

 

Adamu, represented by Dr Folake Olatunji-David, Director, Basic Education, Federal Ministry of Education, said that cash was also distributed to parents of selected pupils as support.

 

He said that the gesture was part of the strategic plans introduced by the Federal Government to tackle the menace of out-of-school children.

 

He noted that Sokoto was selected in the North West geopolitical zone of the country, adding that the support was being replicated in each of the six geopolitical zones of the country.

 

The minister said that Sokoto was among the states with low enrolment of pupils in the country, while commending the government’s efforts to develop the education sector.

 

“The Federal Government is committed to reducing the out-of-school children percentage through different programmes, including supporting Early Child Care Development Centre.

 

“The efforts are part of the ministerial strategic plan, designed by the minister and President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to educate Nigerians, improve literacy and empower citizens for productive living,” he said.

 

Adamu urged affluent Nigerians to support the less-privileged families, while adopting one or more out-of-school children, enrolling them in schools and sponsoring their education.

 

“We, therefore, urge all civil society organisations, philanthropists, community and religious leaders as well as other stakeholders to support children’s education,” he added.

 

Mr Sunny Echono, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, said that no nation could achieve sustainable and meaningful development if most of its population were illiterates.

 

Echono, represented by Hajia Binta Abdulkadir, Director, Senior Secondary School Education, in the ministry, stressed that the Federal Government was committed to ensuring that school-age children, who were out of school, returned to school to continue their education.

 

Earlier, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State said that the state government and its agencies were striving to bridge the gaps in school enrolment.

 

Tambuwal, represented by the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Alhaji Bello Abubakar, noted that a lot had been achieved on the reduction of out-of-school children, in partnership with donor agencies.

 

Also, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, represented by District Head of Gagi, Alhaji Sani Umar-Jabbi, urged stakeholders to redouble their efforts to promote children’s education, especially the girl-child.

 

Abubakar reiterated the importance of encouraging girl-child education to bridge the manpower needs in health, education and other sectors in the state.

 

Children and parents from benefiting communities as well as officials of the State Universal Basic Education Board and education agencies attended the event.

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