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.
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
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
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.