Out-Of-School Children: Zamfara Targets Enrollment Of Over 148,000 Pupils Through BESDA

Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba Minister Of State Education

The Federal Government  has flagged off the Better Education Service Delivery For All (BESDA ) program in Zamfara State, aimed at  enrolling over  148,000  out of school in the state. 

The Minister of State  Education stated this Monday  in the Zamfara state capital during the ceremony as He revealed that the BESDA program has already enrolled over one million children in states where it has so far been launched. 

The Minister said   if the BESDA program is implemented faithfully, Zamfara having already enrolled 19,000 children  will soon over take other states. 

Reacting to the encomiums from the HMSE,Gov Bello assured the Minister that his administration will double its efforts in ensuring that the right to quality education for the children of Zamfara State is not compromised. 

The Gov said, his administration will leave no stone unturned to change the narrative in the field of Education and other areas of endeavour in the state  as He requested the Minister to give Zamfara some waivers or work out a payment schedule in relation to monies owed the National examination bodies.

While cutting the tape for the flag off of BESDA program in the state, the Gov revealed that the state has paid up all it’s counterpart funds to UBEC up to date which has enabled it to provide classrooms and other  facilities, including absorbing all returnee almajiries from other states into conventional schools.
His Excellency noted that the intervention of BESDA will go a long way in solving the challenges of out of school children for which he has declared a state of emergency in.

Gov Bello revealed that the state is currently clearing all outstanding bills in the education sector including counterpart funding from UBEC. 
Results are already filtering in as the state has moved from the last position on NECO common Entrance Examination to the 14 position in the country.  
Gov Bello expressed appreciation to President Buhari, the Minister Adamu Adamu,world bank and other development partners in moving Zamfara forward in the field of Education.

Shortly before the lunch of the program, Minister of State for Education Hon Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba paid homage on His Royal Highness, the Emir of Gusau,Alh.(DR) Ibrahim Bello (Sarkin Katsina Gusau), where he told the Emir that the Federal Govt is proud of the strong ranking of the 14th position of Zamfara State in the comity of states on the National common Entrance Examination ratings in terms of the number of applications vying to get into the nation’s Unity colleges.

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