Nigeria has called on the World Bank to assist the country in reducing the number of out-of-school children from 10 to 5 million by the year 2023.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, solicited for the assistance on behalf of the Nigerian government while receiving a delegation of the World Bank, led by its Country Director, Mr Shubham Chaudhuri in his office.
The Minister said this is in line with the current administration’s goal of ensuring that Nigerian children have access to qualitative education irrespective of their backgrounds.
Adamu said the government was currently working with the World Bank on projects aimed at encouraging children back to school, specifically in the area of increased enrollment of the Girl-child.
According to him, “the federal government is keen on reducing the number of out of school children in our country and this is in addition to improving the standard of education in the country”.
While commending the Bank for its commitment to the development of the nation’s educational sector, Adamu expressed government’s readiness for more partnership and interventions that will tackle obstacles to the eradication of the out-of-school children phenomenon.
Responding, the World Bank Director, Shubham Chaudhuri, said the World Bank will no longer dictate developmental projects but will provide more opportunities for governments to decide best projects that will address the main challenges as they are in the best position to ascertain the needs of their citizens.
Chaudhuri reiterated his organisation’s commitment to the improvement of the nation’s education sector.
Chaudhuri who also emphasized that education is a sure way of eliminating poverty pledged the readiness of his organisation to assist in financing more developmental projects in Nigeria.