World Bank earmarks $500 million for basic education in Nigeria — Official

Pupils of Takur Commercial , Dutse, Jigawa
Pupils of Takur Commercial , Dutse, Jigawa

The World Bank has set aside 500 million dollars as grant to fund basic education in five states for five years, Helen Okoro, the Information Officer, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), has said.

Ms. Okoro, in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, credited Olatunde Adekola, Head, World Bank International Reconstruction and Development team, as giving the information.

She said Mr. Adekola explained that the fund was for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), established to improve access to quality education at the basic level in Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Sokoto and Katsina states.

“Five hundred million dollars has been set aside as Global Partnership for Education (GPE)/ Nigerian Partnership for Education Project (NIPEP) to fund education in the five beneficiary states of Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Sokoto,’’ she said.

Ms. Okoro said Mr. Adekola commended the Federal Government for the NIPEP project and added that it was the first time government was focusing on strategies aimed at moving the basic education sub-sector forward.

She said the 2.5 billion dollars credit that the Federal Government requested from the World Bank to finance the 2016 budget could only be released after fulfilling certain conditions.

Ms. Okoro also quoted Hamid Bobboyi, Executive Secretary of UBEC, as assuring the team of the agency’s commitment to reposition basic education delivery in Nigeria. (NAN)

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  • SAM .A

    I hope sincerely that World Bank Officers will administer this fund you cannot trust Nigeria civil servants , Just see what they did with Food and money donated to IDP people in Borno state. They will spent 3/4 on BUREAUCRACY, and steal 50% of the 1/4 , at the end 1/8 will be left for education . That is Nigeria for you.

  • muazu wali

    Improving basic education does not need additional funding. The system should firstly be restructured based on expected school age population in the next four/five years. The standard number of children per school for effective teaching and learning should be established. Other things should them follow such as how schools should be located and spread, teachers etc. Without this basic study and arrangements, the loan will be money down the drain.

    • Rommel

      The only thing that can change educational backwardness of the northern Nigeria is religious liberalization,religion in those parts should be downgraded to what it truly is,a tool for man to live in harmony with his fellow man and environment,as long as religion is put above human beings,education would continue to be irrelevant to people who earn a living by propagating religion in the name of teaching small children in madrassas.

      • muazu wali

        You have no idea what Islam means. Unlike Christianity if you are one where Jesus has cleansed all your sins, salvation in Islam has to be earned. The loan is to support western education and has nothing to do with religion.

        • Rommel

          I was merely pointing that educating people who value religion above knowledge is a waste of time and resources, any society that values recitation of holy texts above science can never attain enlightenment,the world changed when European medieval rulers realized this truth after so many centuries of suppressing science and knowledge in favor of religion.

          • muazu wali

            Religion is knowledge. The knowledge has been recorded in the scriptures. There is nothing left out in that body of knowledge. We learn about creations, how life is susutained, the galaxies, the orbits, the nature of matter, human existence and interrelationships and of course the essence of human beings. More important especially Islam we come to understand and know GOD who he is what he is not!.
            It will not help you to compare the nature of christian religion and Islam. Each has to be known by itself. It is like comparing Kano city and Lagos. Each is unique in what made it and what makes it it.

          • Rommel

            If Lagos and Kano are both cities designed for human habitation,it is necessary for us to compare so that mistakes are avoided,when Mohammed was still alive,I am sure if he is told that the crescent sign of Islam was planet venus and moon aligning as they always do,he would probably have beheaded the person as his followers do even till this day.The shrivelled indian Philosopher Siddharta Gautama had thought that no one can save anybody except a person saves himself,as a matter of fact,he was quoted to have thought that -we should not believe anything even if the written manuscripts of some ancients wiseman were shown to us,that we should not believe anything on authority of priests,elders and prophets but that whatever appeals to us and after a careful examination agrees with our reasoning,and is conducive to our living and that of other livings things,that thing we should accept as the truth and leave accordingly.

          • muazu wali

            I am afraid that is your way. Muslims have an alternative. Therefore you keep yours and we shall keep our own. Thanks for sharing.

          • Rommel

            We can no longer allow you to keep your own until you prove that your existence as Muslims is not a danger to the rest of humanity

          • muazu wali

            Fine. Convert us Christianity.

          • Rommel

            I have no interest in religion,I just don’t want people killing people in the name of superstition or religion,it is barbaric and backward.