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FG Plans 13.6m School Enrollment By 2020

Posted: Sep 22, 2016 at 5:45 am   /   by   /   comments (0)



Chinwendu Nnadozie



The Federal Government has said it plans to increase school enrollment in the country by 13.6 million children by the year 2020.

Mrs. Afiniki Dauda, coordinator of the Social Intervention Investment Programme for Niger State, has said.

Dauda, who disclosed this in Minna also expressed plans by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to ensure that the pupils were physically and mentally fit to face the challenges of not only education but life itself.

Dauda, who however could not give actual figure of children presently in schools across the country said, “This is one of the reasons the federal government introduced the home grown school feeding and health Programme and other social security schemes.”

Dauda exchanging views with newsmen after assuming office as the focal person for the federal government programmes in Niger State on Wednesday said the Buhari administration was also determined to bring back into the school system 11.4 million children mostly girls.

The federal government is worried over the gender discrepancy in school’s enrollment which tends to favour the male against their female counterpart, Dauda said, adding that the policy would, “prepare them for tomorrow and discourage them from being involved in crime.”

Niger State office of the federal government’s agency, according to the Focal Person had taken off, adding that the first activity to be performed is the flag-off of the empowerment scheme for which participants in its first phase have been selected.

Participants were drawn from the three senatorial zones of the state based on the statistics on the poor and vulnerable of the society as recently provided by the World Bank.