Worried by the slow pace of work on the integration of out-of-school children by the National Implementation Committee, Minister of State for Education, Minister of State for Education, Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has challenged the committee members to live up to the expectations of the Federal Government.
The Minister spoke in Abuja on Tuesday during a meeting with members of the National Implementation Committee for the Integration of Out of School Children in South-South and South-East and the National Implementation Committee for the Integration of Almajiris into the nation’s basic education sector.
The Minister noted that the committee saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that schools are constructed for the out-of-school children in the South-South has not started making impact across the two regions of its focus; months after the Federal Government inaugurated it.
He stated that the Jonathan administration remains committed to addressing the challenges posed by the presence of out-of-school children in parts of the country, stressing that members should deploy their vast experience to the work of the committee to achieve faster results.
He said: “The Federal Government is not happy with the pace of work of the Committee on the integration of South-South children into the nation’s basic education sector. We want the committee to work faster, so that the benefits of the government’s investments will be felt by all.
“The budget of the committee has been duly approved and there is a need for the committee to diligently apply the funds to the specified projects”.
The Minister, however, commended the committee on the integration of Almajiris into the nation’s basic education, stating that the fruits of the committee’s work are visible to all Nigerians.
Responding, the chairman National Implementation Committee for the Integration of Out of School Children in South-South, Prof. Victor Peretemonde assured the minister that the committee has established its operational framework, pointing out that the implementation of the projects will take off in due course.
The Chairman of the Integration of Almajiris into the nation’s basic education sector, Prof. Shehu Galadanchi said that several schools have been completed and are ready for commissioning.