No out-of-school chil­dren by end 2017- UBEC

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Mus­bahu Bashir & Abubakar Haruna

The Uni­ver­sal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion (UBE) has re­vealed that it has taken mea­sures to en­sure that be­fore the end of 2017 there would be no out-of-school chil­dren in the coun­try.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, Al­haji Dikko Suleiman made the rev­e­la­tion while speak­ing to news­men shortly af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tion of the UBE 5-year (2015-2020) Roadmap com­mit­tee’s re­port in Abuja yes­ter­day.

He said that the com­mis­sion as an in­ter­ven­tion body had ini­ti­ated var­i­ous pro­grammes to en­sure that be­fore the end of 2017, 10 mil­lion chil­dren roam­ing the streets would be to school.

“Con­fi­dently, I am very sure that be­fore even the end 2017 we will have no chil­dren roam­ing the streets,” he said

Ac­cord­ing to him, part of the ini­tia­tives in­cluded de­sign­ing a cur­ricu­lum and schools that would mo­ti­vate them to come to school, learn and re­tain them there.

He ex­plained fur­ther that UBEC had de­signed schools and vocational cur­ricu­lum for the boys in the South-East and South-South re­gions that were run­ning from schools be­cause of busi­ness.

He stressed that the cur­ricu­lum would teach the child the prac­ti­cal as­pect of the pro­fes­sion he wanted to do.

Ear­lier, chair­man of the Roadmap De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, Prof. Umar Tuni Muham­mad said that some of the core rec­om­men­da­tions in the road map fo­cused on ar­eas that needed proac­tive in­ter­ven­tions, pro­mot­ing di­a­logue among dif­fer­ent part­ners, ad­dress­ing ob­sta­cles to ed­u­ca­tion and giv­ing pri­or­i­ties on the new sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals.

Comp­trol­ler Gen­eral of Nige­ria Cus­toms Ser­vice, re­tired Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (left)re­ceives a doc­u­ment from the Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary/ CEO of the Nige­rian Ship­pers' Coun­cil, Mr. Has­san Bello, when mem­bers of man­age­ment of the ser­vice paid a cour­tesy visit to the head­quar­ters of the Nige­rian Ship­pers' Coun­cil in Lagos.

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