The Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC, has called on the private sector to invest in the basic education by providing free education for the Nigerian Child.
The UBEC Director of Social mobilisation , Alhaji Bello Kagara, stated this today at a 2 day capacity building for Education Correspondents in Abuja.
The Commission also decried the low participation of private firms in re-investing its profit on education and impacting the society.
Kagara lamented that private individuals were more concerned about establishing schools for commercial purposes without giving back to the society.
“UBEC is specifically calling on the organised private sector ,we are appealing to them to come in handy to support the education of the Nigerian child,” he said.
Speaking on the issue of out of school children, he expressed concern that has been a major worry for the federal government, adding that the almajiri have also been observed to have the highest number of children of school going age .
” To reduce the number of out of school children, specially in the northern part of the country, the Tsangaya /almajiri education programme was introduced, the commission has been able to complete the construction of 147 Tsangaya schools with a total enrollment of pupils 23,581, many state government are keying o to the programme to stem the tide of out of school children syndrome”.
He stressed that the commission has made efforts in integrating the out of school boys from the south east and south south states into the the UBEC programme .
” The intervention is aimed at equipping the youths with necessary skills that will enable them become literate and independent as well as contribute meaningfully to the society, the programme is implemented through the establishment of vocational school in the south east and south – south regions” he said.
Speaking on trust and collaboration , Kagara emphasized the place of checks and balances that would be place on agreement.
The UBEC Official reiterated the place of the 774 Local Goverments in paying basic school teachers salary, he expressed fears that the universal basic education funds were being reduced and could land basic education in the country in a heck.
The UBEC director also decried the inability of some states to access over N50 billion in UBE intervention.
He however stated that federal government’s intervention in basic education through UBEC was in line with the constitution of the federal republic and Nigeria’s commitment to international conventions regarding the provision of free, basic and compulsory education.