Bagudu seeks bailout from UN, World Bank
GOVERNOR Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has called on the United Nations and the World Bank, as well as other members of the international community to assist the Federal Government toward the development of the education sector.
Expressing concern over the huge expenditure on education in Nigeria, Bagudu faulted the World Bank’s recommendation that developing countries must spend $700 per pupil, at least, for the proper running of primary schools, saying it was not achievable in a country like Nigeria.
The governor recently expressed these views during the 10-year anniversary celebration of the Mass Literacy for underprivileged and the Almajiris Initiative, a charity organisation established by his wife, Aisha Atiku Bagudu, in Abuja.
He said, “These institutions were set up to share global prosperity. We have paid our dues, we have contributed to the global peace and this is our hour of need so that they can help us bridge the gap.”
At the event, Mrs Bagudu said the foundation was launched to empower the underprivileged in the society and also to address the plight of Almajiris in the state.
“The MALLPAI was founded 15 years ago and officially registered 10 years ago for the empowerment of the underprivileged in society and enrolment of children in school by driving out illiteracy in the communities. It is also founded to enrich the minds of the youth, develop unskilled women and to educate the girl-child,” she said.