The Nigerian government has launched a programmed that will ensure that Out-Of-School children return to the classroom.

In Oyo State, there are up to 272,847 Out-Of-School children and the government on Thursday in Ibadan, launched the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) programme.

It says the programme will mop-up the disturbing figure. 

The Executive Secretary of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Dr Hamid Bobboyi, and Dr Lami Amodu, the representative of the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu, launched the programme on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari in Ibadan.

Bobboyi, was also represented at the event by Malam Wadatau Madawaki, the Director, Department of Academic Services UBEC, Abuja

The BESDA programme is in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education, UBEC, World Bank and Oyo State Government.

Bobboyi said it was imperative for the state and stakeholders to ensure that the proceeds of the 611 million dollars credit were used for the purpose they were meant for.

“I feel partially saddened that we are here launching BESDA, an operation that seeks to mop-up Out-Of-School children in our country, particularly in the North.

“Saddened, because I feel it is our collective failure to strategise and accord the education sector its deserved attention that led us to this situation.

“Situation where we have to resort to taking a huge World Bank Credit to solving this menace, which is a major challenge to the overall development and survival of the entire nation.

“We will certainly regret the outcome of our insincerity in more devastating manner than what we are currently experiencing with Boko Haram, cattle rustlers, road blocking militias and kidnappers,” Bobboyi added.

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In his address, the National Project Coordinator, BESDA, Professor Gidado Tahir, told the gathering that Nigeria had 13.2 million Out-Of-School children, the highest in sub-Saharan Africa.

“In this, we wish to call on states to critically identify their target group as they can be very many and then plan very well for them.

“Our advice is that your investment has to be wise by choosing appropriate strategies to reach out to the various out of school groups.

“Bringing them to school and creating the required environment by providing sufficient resources or inputs in order to keep them in school and ensure that effective learning is taking place,’’ Tahir said.

Also, Mrs Aderonke Makanjuola, the Executive Chairman of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) promised that Out-Of-School children in the state will be brought back to school.

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