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FG donates 852 240 free textbooks to A/Ibom

07 November 2012, 10:12

Uyo -The Federal Government has donated 852 240 copies of free textbooks to schools in Akwa Ibom.

The Minister of State for Education, Mr Nyesom Wike, made the announcement in Uyo on Tuesday when he paid a courtesy visit to Gov. Godswill Akpabio.

Wike also used the occasion to announce the decision of the Federal Government to site a Vocational Training Centre for the South-South region in Akwa Ibom.

He said that the decision of the government to donate the textbooks to schools was aimed at eradicating illiteracy in the country.

He added that the decision was also aimed at boosting teaching and learning among pupils and teachers in Akwa Ibom.

The minister reiterated the commitment of President Goodluck Jonathan to reduce the rate at which children of school age roam the streets in Nigeria.

He recalled that UNESCO had reported that millions of Nigerian and African children roam the streets, hence the need to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets on Education.

Wike expressed regrets that Akwa Ibom was yet to access about N1.5 billion Universal Basic Education (UBE) funds accruable to it.

He urged the governor to pay the state counterpart funding to enable it access the funds.
Responding, Gov. Akpabio, said that government was ready to access the N1.5 billion UBE funds accruable to the state by paying the counterpart funding.

He commended the Federal Government for donating the textbooks to the state and promised that he would ensure equitable distribution of the books to the benefiting schools.

The governor also promised to reintroduce the yearly school sport to enable the government develops young talents in the communities.



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