Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has launched a five-year United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded education project worth $117 million for three northern states.
Launching the project, Abubakar said the USAID’s Northern Education Initiative sought to reach nearly 1.6 million children and would be implemented in Bauchi, Sokoto and one other yet-to-be announced state.
According to him, the project would also reach out to more than 500,000 out-of-school children and youths attending 11,000 Non-formal learning centres.
The Governor said in the past, concerted efforts had been made with a view to improving the system in the state without commensurate results and impacts. He said for his administration to attain “education for all” as encapsulated in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development goals and Millennium Development Goals, within the shortest possible time, the educational sector must be carefully planned through effective programmes and policies.
The governor said; “I am happy to note that what we are doing here today is to improve the social well-being of our people, particularly residents in the rural areas. This will go a long way to reduce poverty as enshrined in the change agenda.”
Speaking, USAID/Nigeria Mission Director, Michael Harvey, commended the state government for restructuring the educational sector, assuring that the project would boost the capacities of schools to educate and increase enrollment of more girls and boys.
USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.