By Alkasim Bala
The Federal Ministry of Education has commenced assessment visit to states participating in the Better Education Service Deliver for All( BESDA )Project to ascertain the level of implementation.
The state Minister of Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba stated this when the inspection team under his leadership paid a courtesy visited to Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state at the Government House, Damaturu.
The Better Education Service Delivery for All project known as BESDA is a Six hundred and eleven billion Dollars project being implemented in seventeen states across Nigeria including Yobe state.
The state Minister of Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba said the BEDA project was part of the ministry’s strategic plan to improve access to quality education especially in states with high number of out of school children.
The minister further explained that the essence of the inspection visit was to review all the BESDA facilities and programmes in the local government areas of Yobe to ensure smooth implementation.
The state minister of education who confirmed that Yobe state has successfully enrolled over sixty five thousand out of school children into formal education also announced plan by the ministry to reopen Federal Government College Buni Yadi closed since 2014 due to attack by insurgents where over 35 students killed since the security situation in the area has significantly to improved.
In a response, the Yobe state Governor Mai Mala Buni represented by his deputy Idi Barde Gubana applauded the federal government and the World Bank for initiating the Better Education Service Delivery for All project to strengthen the basic education sector.
The governor who identified poor supervision of project by executing agencies especially at the federal as responsible for the many setbacks being recorded pointed out that the steps taken by the ministry of education would yield the desired result.
Some of the specific objectives of the BESDA project include, increase equitable access to education for out -of – school children, improve literacy in focus states and strengthening accountability for results through system strengthening.