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Wike Rejects Calls To Scrap Counterpart Funding For Education

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Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State has dissociated himself from those who are calling for the scrapping of the counterpart funding system for basic education in the country.

The governor in a statement by his Media Aide, Mr Kelvin Ebiri declared the stance of the Rivers State Government on such calls when the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba,  paid a courtesy visit to him at Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday.

Governor Wike said the counterpart funding arrangement avails state governments the opportunity to show commitment in the provision of good educational foundation for children in their states.

“Here in this state, from the records that I have, there are over a hundred thousand out-of-school children. But they have been able to bring back 36 thousand to the classrooms. This is commendable.

“We have also accessed our counterpart funds from UBEC up to 2019. We are preparing to access 2020 funds. If you believe in the education of your people, then as a government you must play a very prominent role.

“I’m not one of those governors who will say that the federal government should scrap the counterpart funding. I hear, the Chairman of Governors Forum said so but I don’t agree to that.  Every state must be committed.

“You cannot say you want to depend on federal government money alone, no.  You as a state government must also show that you are committed to doing this. It is sad that in this country, everybody wants everything to come to them as free.”

The governor decried the abysmal budgetary allocation provided for education in the federal government budget. According to him, no meaningful development can be achieved without education.

Governor Wike stated that his administration understands the place of education in development and that is why not less than 30 percent is allocated to the sector.

“For us, education is basic. We can’t get it right until we focus on education. It’s unfortunate that the kind of budget I see for education in this country is terrible.

“When I see budget for Defence and others, and that of education that is either 2, 3, 7, or 10 percent of the budget and I know that doesn’t make sense.

“If you cannot put money in education and health, then you can’t get it right. You don’t need to manage with education. It is one sector that government must understand that for any country to be developed, then education is key.

“In this state, we have never given education less than 30 percent of our budget. Education and health are key. So, the federal government should try as much as they can to see that more funding is given to education.”

Speaking further, Governor Wike commended the Minister of State for Education and his Senior Minister for driving the programmes of the ministry apolitically.

Governor Wike noted that it is obvious that political consideration was not used to decide on Rivers State to be the first place to launch the “Better Education Service Delivery for All Programme for Result” among other states in the zone.

Minister of State for Education,  Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said they were in the state for the official launch of “Better Education Service Delivery for All Programme for Result”

He said the programme is a jointly owned facility of World Bank and the Federal Government that started in 2018 that is geared towards addressing the issue of out-of- school children across the country and ensure they return to the classrooms.

 

 

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Gov Fintiri Performs Groundbreaking Of 2 Flyovers In Bauchi

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Adamawa State Governor, the Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri on Sunday performant the ground breaking off the construction of two Flyover bridges in the heart of Bauchi by the State Government.


Performing the flag off on behalf of the Bauchi State Government, Governor Fintiri declared that Senator Bala Mohammad has developed a legacy of promises kept.


“With the projects I have seen in Bauchi State and the ones in the offing including the overhead bridges, we are about to flag off now, I am left with no other option than to congratulate the good people of Bauchi State for having a visionary and courageous leader like Senator Bala.

“The true definition of leadership often times, is not rooted in the quantum of resources at the disposal of a leader. It is more measured by the vision and courage such a leader brings to the fore in the decision of how such resource are deployed and the craft of what project are prioritized.” He said.


Governor Fintiri while commending Senator Bala for the design and prioritization of projects, noted that only few leaders have the courage to rise above lazy routes and brace up to gigantic projects.


He said that overerhead bridges referred to as Flyovers are not just symbols of municipal ecstasies but solutions to vehicular traffic which eases movement. “Having them in Bauchi is therefore a good decision that would continue to define the vision of Senator Bala Mohammed in solving the problem of not only the present-day Bauchi but the Bauchi of tomorrow.”


Speaking earlier, the Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammad noted that population growth informed the idea behind constructing the flyover, adding that it will redefining urban transportation.


Governor Bala said as gateway to the North East it will give a first visitor to the region a good impression.


He noted that the choice of Governor Fintiri to break the ground is deliberate, describing him as one of the best that has changed the landscape of the region through the execution of viable projects.


The Governor of Borno. Prof Babgana Zulum and that of Gombe Mohammad Inuwa Yahaya were present at the event.

Humwashi Wonosikou
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

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Adamawa Poly Matriculates 2,818 New Students For 2023/2024 Academic Session

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A total of 2,818 student have been matriculated into various discipline of studies at the Adamawa State Polytechnic Yola for the 2023/2024 academic session.

Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof Mohammed Dahiru Toungos gave the revelation at the weekend in his welcome address at the school’s matriculation ceremony Polytechnic.

Breaking down the admission category, the Rector explained that Yola and Jambutu campus have two thousand four hundred and twelve, two hundred and fourteen at Numan campus while it’s National Skill Qualification, NSQF has one hundred and two.

Professor Toungos pointed out that though the institution recorded low enrollment it however poised to delivering quality service to the students.

He enjoined the matriculants to commit to their studies with tenacity and focus.

The Rector urged the learners to be regular and consistent in attendance at lecture and eschew all forms of deviant behaviours.

While assuring them of maximum security and safety, Dahiru Toungos congratulated and them successful and prosperous studies.

Earlier in a remark, the students representative of the Polytechnic, Mr. Kingsley Johanna appreciated the school’s management for the privilege to study.

He counselled the matriculating students to widen their horizon and positively impact the society during and after their stay at the Polytechnic.

Yohanna who expressed their readiness to be law abiding charged his colleagues to seek and embrace wisdom, honesty and integrity among other noble virtues.

It is now left for the students to delve into studies in earnest and all tenacity to justify the oath they took and get their parents to pride in them.

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Bauchi Lawmaker Pledges To Expedite Passage Of Bill On Reduction Of Out-Of-School Children

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Honourable Nasiru Ala, the Chairman, House Committee on Education in the Bauchi State House of Assembly has pledged to expedite the passage of the state framework Bill to reduce Out-Of-School in the state.

He made the pledge during a two-day regional stakeholders meeting on out-of-school children and retention, transition as well as completion models in Bauchi, Gombe and Adamawa states.

According to him, any moment the bill is sent to the state House of Assembly from the Executive, the lawmakers would expedite actions to ensure that the bill is passed within three to four weeks.

He said “based on the law making, we are going to enact this particular law on the domestication of the Bauchi state framework to reduce Out-of-School children bill within three to four weeks from the day of reception from the Executive Arm.

“Our governor has been very cooperative and supportive on this particular issue of out of school children because it is a serious menace.

“As an academic, I’m not always happy anytime I hear the word Out-of-School children.

“That is why it’s not going to be a big deal in the Bauchi state House of Assembly to enact the state framework to reduce Out-of-School children in the state.

“In three weeks time In-Sha-Allah, we are going to pass into Bill this State Framework to reduce Out-of-School children in the state”.

Also speaking, Mr Raphael Aiyedipe, Education Officer, UNICEF Bauchi Field Office, said that the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) had developed a National Framework of Action to Reduce Out-of-School Children and drive access to education in the country.

According to him, the framework commits to substantially and systematically decrease the number of Out-of-School children in Nigeria by 2030.

He highlighted some of the objectives of the framework to include; improve access and quality of education for all Nigerian children, drive improvement in learning and relevant skills development.

Others, he said, were to accelerate the social and economic development of communities and the country at large.

“The Framework has 5 thematic areas that includes; political actors and this means gaining the political will and government commitment.

“Best practices and alternative pathways and this translates to defeating learning poverty, Community accountability, that is engaging stakeholders to build ownership.

“Technology and ICT which means improving access through innovative solutions and Financing mechanisms, that is, reaching the most vulnerable,” he explained.

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