Rakiya A.Muhammad, Sokoto
Sokoto State Government has expressed commitment to tackling the out-of-school menace and ensuring education for affected boys and girls.
It had enrolled 75,600 learners for the first phase of the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) programme.
Speaking on the programme, Chair, Sokoto State Universal Basic Education Board, Hon Shuaibu Gwanda Gobir, said BESDA which the state government is implementing in collaboration with the World Bank, targeted the out -of- school children.
Gobir noted that the initiative had enhanced enrolment in school. He pointed out Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal had declared a State-of-Emergency on Education to improve the standard of educational in Sokoto State.
The SUBEB boss added they would not relent in efforts to boost the sector.
Also speaking, Sokoto State the Director Planning Research and Statistics and BESDA State Lead, Alhaji Umar Muhammad Yabo, said Sokoto was among the 17 states so far implementing the programme.
He said they were 1,513 centres across the 23 local government areas of Sokoto. Yabo added eight local government areas were under the intensive literacy programme.
He said because of insecurity they engaged mostly indigenes within the communities to avoid risk of movement.
The Director Social Mobilisation on BESDA Sokoto State Alhaji Kabiru Aliyu disclosed that the state government donated a 13-seater bus and two Hilux vehicles to improve BESDA services in the state.