The Federal Government on Thursday launched the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) in Oyo State as the state became the second out of the seventeen beneficiary states of the program to formally start the implementation.
The Federal Government also commended the World Bank for initiating BESDA and the provision of a total sum of $611million to support the Nigerian Government in strengthening Universal Basic Education as well as addressing the first pillar of the Ministerial Strategic Plan (MSP) 2016 – 2019 on out-of-school children.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu at the launch of BESDA Ibadan disclosed that Nigeria has the highest number of the out-of-school children in sub-Saharan African with an estimation of 13.2m, noting that the government is strengthening the quality of basic education in Nigeria to confront factors that deny the children access to Basic Education.
Malam Adamu represented by the Director, Basic Secondary Education in the Minstry, Dr Lami Amodu said that BESDA focuses on 17 states in the country which includes the entire 13 states of the North West and North East geo-political zones, Niger, Oyo, Ebonyi and Rivers, saying, “It is gratifying that Oyo State is the second among the 17 states that have successfully commenced the implementation process.
“I am indeed very delighted over the bold step taken by Governor Ajimobi for being the second out of 17 states covered by BESDA to formally launch the program. This is a clear demonstration on Governor Ajimobi’s quality leadership and his personal commitment to education as well as the passion to revatilise our education sector in order to develop the abundant human capital of the state,” the minister said.
Malam Adamu explained that BESDA is a program that will result in better life of all our children as the cardinal objective is to increase equitable access. For out of school children, improve literacy and strengthen accountability for results at the basic education level in the focus states. Adding that ensuring the out-of-school children are back to school and learning will not be only a moral and legal obligation, but also a productive investment that will guarantee the future of our children and ensure that their rights are protected as enshrined in the Childs Right Act 2003.
In his address, the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi said that the present administration in the state has done a credible directional road-map to guide the operation of all stakeholders in the education sector, noting that the State Government has also spent huge amount of resources with a view to ensure quantitative and qualitative education service delivery in the state.
Senator Ajimobi said “It is worthy to note that our government has not defaulted in the provision of matching grants for the provision of infrastructural facilities to enhance basic education delivery in the state. We commend the FG and the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for ensuring the quality education at all levels. We cherish and consider a great privilege and wish to assure the Federal government of Nigeria that the state will put in place all necessary mechanism to ensure the successful implementation of BESDA.
The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi said that the commission will continue to evolve revolutionary strategies towards a total overhaul of the Basic Education delivery system by focusing on the paradigm shift from mere inputs-based to result based, stressing that the Commission is currently investing very hugely on data generation, analyses and reporting by repackaging some of the statutory mandates for better results.
In her welcome address, the Executive Chairman of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Mrs. Aderonke Makanjuola stated that neglecting Out-Of-School Children (OOSC) would deny them their fundamental rights and jeopardise the country’s pursuit of her home-grown technological development and economic transformation, urging that all hands must therefore be on deck to bring the OOSC back to school.
In his goodwill message, the representative of Association of National Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPPS) and Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Oyo State Chapter, Mr. Babajide Emmanuel said that BESDA was a welcome and laudable development, stating that the programme will take the OOSC children back to school.
Speaking the State Chairman of Parents Teachers Association (PTA) Comrade Toki Abayomi said that the PTA in the state has set up a task force to deal with students roaming about, warning that parents and teachers of students found wanting will also be dealt with.
Out-of-School Children: Oyo ready to educate over 170,000 almajiris, hawkers
Oyo state government on Monday expressed its readiness to put into use the BESDA take-off grant towards educating about 170, 536 out-of-school children in 23 Local Government Areas and ensure their retention in schools.
The Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran disclosed this after a two-day interactive session held in Ibadan, the state capital on implementation of World Bank assisted Better Education Service Delivery For All (BESDA).
He also reiterated the state government’s resolve to effectively take off the street all out-of-school children and put them in public schools, adding that the programme would cater for hawkers and Almajiris in Oyo State.
“Despite all the hiccups, I strongly believe that the essence of BESDA, which is to effectively take all the out-of-school children off the streets and draw them back to schools, will be accomplished in Oyo State”, the SUBEB boss expressed optimism.
Expressing displeasure on the outrageous number of out-of-school children in the state, Dr. Adeniran further assured that the state government would ensure that a total of 62, 733 hawkers were taken back to school, while 107, 803 Almajiris would be taken off the streets in the Oke-Ogun region of the state.
He revealed that the Board had embarked on strategies that would ensure all out-of-school-children are returned to schools before year-2022.
“Oyo state as one of the participating states, would ensure that all out-of-school-children are brought back to schools within the years of the programme implementation in the country as a whole”.
The Chairman also promised that the Seyi Makinde led government would pay undivided attention to reduction in the number of out-of-school children, improve their literacy level and strengthen the education system.
Earlier his remarks, the Head, Coordination Support Team, BESDA, Mallam Iro Umar , alsonexpressed optimism that Oyo State has a good team to implement BESDA project.
He noted that the state, through Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, has met necessary parameters and has what it takes to drive the programme to a fruitful end.
Oyo State Government would receive an initial BESDA grant of $3Million, to kick off the programme in Ona-ara, Kajola, Surulere, Saki West, Akinyele, Olorunsogo, Iseyin, Saki East, Oyo West, Ogbomosho South, Ogbomosho North & Iwajowa.
Other Local Government Areas are, Ogo-Oluwa, Ibadan South East, Oriire, Oluyole, Afijio, Oyo West, Ibadan South East, Egbeda, Oreloope, Ibarapa Central and Ibadan North East.
Oyo NANS Congratulates Sangodoyin Over Appointment, Charges Him To Hit The Ground Running
The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Oyo State has congratulated Prof. Daud Sangodoyin on his inauguration as the State Commissioner for Education by Governor Seyi Makinde.
The congratulatory message was issued on Saturday in Ibadan, the state capital by its Chairman, Comrade Asubiojo, Olujuwon (Marshal).
The message reads, “We have no doubt that with his rich educational background, qualification, vast experience and proven leadership acumen, Prof. Sangodoyin will effectively handle the education ministry to reflect the educational yearnings and aspirations of this administration as said by His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde and the National Policy on Education.
“We strongly desire that he hit the ground running by attending speedily to issues impeding the growth of education in the Pace setter state”.
“As NANS, Oyo state look forward to working closely with the ministry to further strengthen the education sector. We seize this medium to thank His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde for approving bursary for Oyo Law School students and appeal that this kind gesture be extended to other students in the state”, the message continued.
Back to School for 272,847 Oyo children through ‘BESDA’ Scheme
The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board,(SUBEB), Dr. Nureni Adeniran, has assured that the implementation of the World Bank supported “Better Education Service Delivery for All” (BESDA) scheme will see 272,847 out of school children in the state get a free education.
The SUBEB boss gave this assurance at the Opening ceremony of the interactive session with stakeholders on implementation of BESDA Scheme held at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan, the state capital on Friday.
Adeniran, also promised that the state would work in line with the standard blueprint in executing the programme, assuring that by next session there would be a reduction in out of school children in Oyo State.
He noted that as contained in a sample by the Nigerian Education Data Survey (NEDS) 2015, Oyo State has been observed to have the total of 272,847 Out of School Children marooning the street and constituting nuisance in the state.
The five-year “Better Education Service Delivery for All” (BESDA) scheme is a short term initiative set to run between 2017 – 2022 and saddled with the responsibility of improving literacy level and increasing equitable access to Out of School children to go back to school.
According to the SUBEB Chair, Oyo state was the only Southwest state benefitting from the five-year BESDA programme.
“Oyo state is well prepared and you can see the huge turnout of our various stakeholders.
“There is a technical work plan that will be used and we’ll create awareness on the importance of schooling in deriving adequate security and a crime free state.”
He further lauded Governor Seyi Makinde for his support towards improving education in the Pacesetter state.
Also speaking at the event, the National Coordinator of BESDA scheme, Prof. Gidado Tahir noted that Oyo state has the best infrastructure and commitment in deriving the goal of the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA).
Professor Tahiru explained that the programme was aimed at drastically reducing the rate of out of school children across the country while noting that Oyo State was among seventeen states that had benefitted from the programme.
“This is a programme that is designed specifically for all children who are not in school for the purpose that they are given education, particularly literacy.
“Let us see that we clear the less than 300,000 children on the streets before the mid-term. Let’s commit ourselves to see that this is done”, he added.
Also, the state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Daud Sangodoyin declared that education is a compulsory right of every Nigerian irrespective of gender, social status, religion, ethnic background and peculiar individual challenges.
The commissioner, who was represented by the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics of the Ministry, Mrs. Aminat Atere lauded the World Bank assisted programme, stressing that the state government is committed to providing quality education to all its citizenry.
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