Bagudu seeks bailout from UN, World Bank

The Punch - - NEWS - Fri­day Olokor, Abuja


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.

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