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World Bank Starts 5-year $611m Education Project In Nigeria



A total of 611 million dollars will be committed by the World Bank to a new education project in Nigeria tagged: Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDFA) which kicked off last month, the bank’s senior education specialist, Dr Tunde Adekola, has said.

Adekola, who is also the Nigerian Partnership For Education Project (NIPEP) task team leader, revealed this in an interview with LEADERSHIP shortly after his team paid a courtesy call on Governor Aminu Bello Masari in Katsina yesterday.

Earlier, Adekola told the governor that the NIPEP would wind up next year while the new project would run for the next five years.

He said the difference between the new project and UBE as well as other projects is that for every boy that comes to school, his mother will receive 80 dollars and for every girl that comes to school, she gets 100 dollars.

“Katsina is one of the states that have satisfied the criteria to access the money. so, all what we are waiting for is for the operational manual to be ready and for us to sign the agreement between UBEC and of course the SUBEBs in terms of modalities for releasing the money.

‘This partnership between the World Bank, NIPEP and Katsina State is a partnership that we believe will ensure. We going to see a dramatic change in the way we bring children to school in the state,” he posited.

Responding, Governor Masari revealed that the state yesterday launched a the sales of application for a new employment scheme, tagged S-POWER, that would recruit 5000 additional teachers for the primary schools across the state next term.

“In the process, as finances improve, as people retire from the service, we will be replacing them from the 5000 and if we will replace 100 out of 5000 it means we will replace additional 100 N-POWER participants.

“We believe this will help in reducing teachers/students ration in our primary schools in particular because we want to get it right in our primary school level,” Masari said.