- says 12.4million Nigeria children out of the school
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has said that Nigeria is in dire need of over N4.4trillion to fix the education sector.
The Minister who addressed Progressive Governors Forum Parley on policy synergy held at the Presidential Hall Birnin Kebbi also revealed that there are 12.4million children out of the school, with North East contributing the largest chunk as a result of the activities of Boko Haram.
Ministers took turn to brief the All Progressive Congress (APC) governors on the activities of their ministries. The ministers were: Chief Audu Ogbe Minister of Agricultul, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun Minister of Fnance and Alhaji Adamu Adamu Minister of Education.
The huge sum, Adamu said was needed to reverse the decaying education sector. He expressed regret that 12.4 million children were out of school in the country adding that the country was leading the world in terms of the number of out of school children. Before now we have 11.4 million out of school children but now due to the book haram insurgency in the north east part of the country the number has increased to 12.4 million’’ he said.
Adamu also pointed out that about N42 Billion education fund is still available for the governors to access.’’ We will lower down the counterpart funding requirement to a level that is acceptable to you to access the fund. We will also do our best to ensure the promotion of quality education and enrolment of children in our various school’’. He added.
He therefore urged the Governor’s to support the Ministry Strategy Plan initiated by the Federal Government.
Speaking on the recent region subjects issue, the Minister said the whole blame should placed at the door step of the last administration.
Adamu told Nigerians to hold the River State Governor, Nysome Wike responsible as the subjects issue started under his watch as minister of Education.
He explained that the CRK and IRK policy was formulated during Goodluck administration when the River State Governor was the Minister.
The Minister therefore, said that he become baffled and troubled when Nigerian started rumouring that he Adamu Adamu has Minister of education want to Islamized Nigeria.
He said: ” Nigerian should rather blame River State Governor Welson Wike for formulating the policy during his tenure as a Minister of Education”.
Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe on his part assured the gathering that by the end of this year 2017, Nigeria would stop importing rice.
The Minister said further that about 200 rice mill will soon spring up between now December.
He also stressed that the country’s diversification policy was on and hopefully, by year 2030 agriculture would have taken over from oil and gas.