24 February 2013

Nigeria: Era of Abandoned Projects Gone, Says Wike

The era of abandoned projects in the basic education sub-sector is gone for good, Minister of State for Education, Mr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, has said.

Addressing journalists after completing the inspection of basic education projects in four local councils of Akwa Ibom State on Thursday, the minister noted that before President Goodluck Jonathan administration started the projects, it made adequate arrangement for their funding.

He said that the basic education sub-sector like the higher education sub-sector was experiencing a total turn-around for the good of Nigerian children.

"What we are witnessing today is a total boost for the basic education. These projects are aimed at improving access to quality education for less privileged Nigerian children.

"For us, we have made a commitment that no single library, girl-child or Almajiri school project will be abandoned. Before the projects were awarded, provision was made for funding," the minister said.

The minister explained that the Federal Government's intervention in the basic education was borne out of the desire to improve the overall standard of education in the country.

"Though basic education is the responsibility of states and local governments, the Federal Government is intervening to ensure that the infrastructural and personnel challenges affecting the sub-sector are addressed," the minister said.

In Akwa Ibom State, the minister inspected projects under construction in Ikot-Ekpene, Uyo, Abak and Ikot Abasi. He expressed satisfaction with the pace of work at the sites visited.

Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Chris Ekong, said the projects will positively impact the basic education sub-sector.

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