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FG overhauls education sector, to enrol 20 million out-of-school children

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By Muhammad Amaan

Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu has approved the commencement of the Data Repository, Out-of-School Children’s Education (DOTS) project to overhaul the education sector and increase enrolment to tame increasingly high number of out-of-school in the country.

The Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Tanko Sununu, made this known in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, while performing the ground-breaking foundation laying ceremony of the National Examinations Council offices of Nasarawa, Abia, Sokoto, Taraba, Jigawa, Lagos, and River States.

DOTS meant for teacher training and development, as well as skill development and acquisition.

The minister said the DOTS project was meant to tackle the paucity of coordinated, verifiable, and authentic data in all aspects of the education sector in Nigeria.

Dr Sununu further explained that the new initiative would enable the Federal Government to track the progress of students, thus having a clear data-driven mechanism for interventions, especially concerning out-of-school children, girls, and those with specific learning disabilities, among others.

He said, “Out-of-school children represent a major thematic area in the eight points agenda of President Bola Tinubu, with a priority focus on social welfare, health and education.

“President Tinubu is of the belief that the over 20 million out-of-school children we have now, represent a group of Nigerians that we have to pay attention to, otherwise miscreants can use them to cause and foment trouble in Nigeria.

“The president also believes that for Nigeria to develop and continue to take its rightful position in the comity of nations, those groups of over 20 million citizens must be returned back to school, and ensure that they get proper education and the necessary skills to make them self-efficient and relevant in the society.” the minister added.

While commending the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule and the governors of the other six states for their continuous support to the educational sector, the minister expressed confidence that the seven new NECO offices will empower the examination body to serve the Nigerian people better.

On his part, the Registrar and Chief Executive of NECO, Professor Dantani Ibrahim Wushishi, explained that the landmark achievement was a demonstration of the support and commitment of the Federal Government, under the visionary leadership of President Bola Tinubu.

According to him, the new state offices in Nasarawa, Abia, Sokoto, Taraba, Jigawa, Lagos and Rivers states, alongside other magnificent edifices of NECO, would serve as beacons of excellence in the administration of examinations in Nigeria.

While expressing his gratitude to the Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage (rtd) and the Sangarin of Shabu, HRH Mahammood Bwallah II, for their royal support for the project, Wushishi said, “This project is a direct outcome of the Federal Government’s commitment to infrastructural development within the education sector and is, therefore, part of the seven capital projects captured for NECO in this year’s budget appropriation.”

“As we look to the future, we envision a NECO that is not only a leader in the administration of examinations but also a catalyst for education transformation in Nigeria. We are committed to leveraging technology and innovation to improve the quality and accessibility of our services.”

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