The government inaugurated a new school in Ebonyi.
The Federal Government on Saturday said it had invested N3.2 billion on projects aimed at addressing education imbalance, particularly girl-child education.
The Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, said this during the inauguration of the Junior Girls’ Secondary School Ikwo, Ebonyi.
The school was constructed by the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, under the Girls’ School Initiative in Nigeria.
Mr. Wike expressed Federal Government’s commitment to reducing the number of out-of-school children.
According to him, 62 per cent of out-of-school children in Nigeria are girls.
He said that the government had approved the construction of 15 model schools for the girl-child in 13 states, including Ebonyi, to complement the efforts of states.
“The Girls’ School Initiative is part of Federal Government’s efforts to increase the enrolment, retention, completion and transition of the girl-child from primary to junior secondary school.
“This is to reduce drop-out and failure rate among students and also to achieve education for all and the Millennium Development Goals targets,” he said.
He directed UBEC to construct a laboratory and an Information Communication Technology, ICT, centre in the school. He also commended the Ebonyi Government for facilitating the completion of the school.
Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi expressed satisfaction at the completion of the project in spite of challenges.
He commended the Federal Government for including the state among the beneficiaries.
“The Ebonyi Government pledges continued partnership with the Federal Government to enhance the quality of education.
“It has also approved the release of land for the construction of boys’ vocational schools in the state,” he said.
The governor charged the school’s teachers and students to work hard to justify huge government investment.
Mr. Elechi renewed his appeal to UBEC to review the conditions for accessing funds for education projects.
The UBEC Executive Secretary, Dikko Suleiman, said that the commission had developed a set of guidelines for effective implementation of girl-child education that would be adaptable to each state’s peculiarities.
“I, therefore, call on parents to give priority to the education of the girl-child to guarantee their future,” he said.
The Ebonyi Commissioner for Education, Ndubisi Chibueze-Agbo, announced the release of N49 million for the purchase of basic facilities to ensure smooth take-off of the school.
Highlights of the occasion included goodwill messages from some education stakeholders, and cultural performances by various groups.