From Fred Ezeh, Abuja
The Board of Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) approved a multi-year $ 98 million financial facility program for the promotion of bilingual education in Nigeria.
The head of public relations and protocol of the Commission for Universal Basic Education (UBEC), Mr. David Apeh, in a statement released Wednesday in Abuja, explained that the aim of the project was to contribute to the improvement of the socio-economic situation of Nigeria. , ensure inclusive education and promote bilingual education.
He listed the nine beneficiary states of the project: Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger and Osun.
Apeh added that the main components of the project were to create access to basic education, improve the quality and strengthen the management capacity of school administrators.
He revealed that a total of 30 bilingual education boarding schools were to be built in the nine states, which would help increase enrollment and reduce Out-of-School Child Syndrome (OOSC) as well as expose learners to the Knowledge of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
“Another important feature of this project is the integrated Awqaf and Istisnaa to provide real estate activities for sustainable income for the program.
“The project is coordinated at the national level by the Commission for Universal Basic Education (UBEC), the National Coordinating Unit (NCU) under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education and the Federal Ministry of Finance”, said he declared.
The UBEC spokesperson indicated that the National Coordination Unit 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.
He further noted that office furniture and equipment had been purchased for the nine participating States, adding that the process of civil works had just started.
He said that a stakeholder meeting had been organized recently to inform the States of the level of implementation of the project with the nine States represented by their finance commissioners, the presidents of SUBEB, the heads of the project management units. (PMU) and the Arab and Islamic education agencies in Tsangaya.
The meeting, which was chaired by the Executive Secretary, UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi, who was represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary (Technical), Prof. Federal Ministries of Education, Finance and IsDB.
Bobboyi, in his remarks, informed state governments that the project was a loan that had to be repaid, hence the need to ensure its effective implementation and careful management.
States expressed their willingness to take ownership of the projects once completed, while participants were to inform their respective governors.