The board of directors of the Islamic Development Bank has approved a multi-year $ 98 million financial facility program for the promotion of bilingual education in Nigeria.
This is contained in a statement issued by Mr. David Apeh, Public Relations and Protocol Officer, Commission on Universal Basic Education.
The commission said the program was for the period 2012 to 2015.
The project aims to contribute to the improvement of the socio-economic situation of Nigeria, to ensure inclusive education and to promote bilingual education.
The commission said that Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger Osun are states intended to benefit from the project.
UBEC said the main components of the project are to create access to basic education, improve quality and strengthen the management capacity of school administrators.
The commission said 30 bilingual education boarding schools would be built in recipient states to increase enrollment and reduce out-of-school children syndrome, among others.
Nigeria’s news agency reports that the project is coordinated nationally by the UBEC National Coordinating Unit under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education and the Federal Ministry of Finance.
NAN also reports that UCN has already engaged consultants to design, review and supervise the civil works of the projects and has also engaged the services of a monitoring and evaluation consultant.
NAN, UBEC Executive Secretary Dr Hamid Bobboyi revealed that the project was a loan and everything should be done to ensure effective implementation and careful management.