Kano is triggering educational revolution – Osinbajo
…As FG’s school feeding programme targets 15m children
The Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. YemiOsinbajo on Tuesday said the policy of free and compulsory primary and post-primary education Governor Ganduje introduced in Kano State will trigger educational revolution in the country.
Osinbajo was speaking at the opening ceremony of a two-day Stakeholders Summit on Free and Compulsory Education Kano State Government organized as a prelude to the implementation of the policy in the state.
“Governor Ganduje made the declaration on May 29, this year that primary and post-primary education would be free and compulsory in Kano State. We must commend His Excellency for this courageous move. The declaration will, no doubt, trigger educational revolution in this region and the country as a whole,” Osinbajo said.
The Vice President added that since the inception of MuhammaduBuhari administration, the administration had made commitment to invest massively in human capital, thereby improving the human capital of the country.
“We understand that through education we can retool our people to lead their lives to the fullest. Our economic recovery has gone far. And now we are shifting our attention to vocational skills to equip our graduates with a view to making them self-reliant,” Osinabajo added.
On his part, Governor Ganduje said that the objective of the summit was to discuss and analyze ideas towards the implementation of the policy in the state.
‘You can recall that on the assumption of office in the second term on May 2019, we made a policy statement and commitment to provide free and compulsory education in Kano State from primary and up to senior secondary level. This is in recognition of the pivotal role of education as the primary agent of change in our society,” Ganduje said.
The Governor added that the huge turn-out of the participants was a clear indication that by the participants’ support, the state government is not alone in its pursuit to address the fundament challenges in the society.
“It is disturbing to know that from available statistics Nigeria has over eight million out-of-school children. It is also worse alarming to know that 60 per cent of that figure represents girl-child level.
“However, recent survey testified that the menace of out-of-school children is more pronounced in the Northern part of the country, with Kano State claiming the lion’s share although most of the children are almajiris from neighbouring states and country like Cameroon, Niger and Chad Republics,” Ganduje added.
The Governor said that in order to ensure the sustainability of the integration of the Almajri system of education, there is need for regional legislation and coordination to control the movement of almajiris from one place to another.
“This government has set up a committee to conduct a census of all out-of-school children, with a view to updating the available data and to ensure adequate planning on leveraging the implementation of this important policy,” he added.
The Governor added that in his administration’s attempt to streamline the schools and integrate them into the free and compulsory education programme, it has set up Qur’anic and Islamiyya Management Board to ensure maximum access to education by all.
Meanwhile, Osinbajo has said that the Federal Government of Nigeria is targeting no fewer than 15million children under its school feeding programme.
The Vice President disclosed this at the two-day summit on the implementation of free and compulsory education organized by the Kano State Government.
According to Osinbajo, the Federal Government is currently feeding 9.8 million children under the programme in the 36 states of the federation including Abuja, adding that the programme is part of President Buhari administration’s commitment to ridding the country of out-of-school-children.
“One out of every five out-of-school children in the world is a Nigerian. This is unacceptable. We all must join hands to improve the lives of our people through education,” Osinbajo concluded.