The Niger Universal Basic Education Board said on Tuesday that it spent N1.22 billion to construct seven Almajiri Schools across the state. The board’s chairman, Alhaji Uba Hassan, disclosed this in an interview in Minna. He said the amount included the intervention fund from the Federal Government.
Hassan said the Education Trust Fund (ETF) provided N395 million for the construction of two schools while the National Universal Basic Education Commission gave the balance spent on five schools. He said the ETF funded-schools included a boarding one in Kontagora, equipped at N320 million and another in Minna, at a cost N75 million.
The SUBEB boss said the UBEC-funded Almajiri schools comprised three boarding types in Pago, Bida and Gulbin Boka at N720 million as well as two others in Minna and Mokwa. Hassan said the schools had been completed except that of Mokwa, which contract was awarded late in 2012.
He said when completed, the school would ensure that Almajirai were kept off the streets and given the basic formal education, in line with the Federal Government's transformation agenda. He said the N150 million grants from UBEC was used to train 2,700 teachers across the state, to enhance their capacity and improve pupils' performance at internal and external examinations.
According to Hassan the Millennium Development Goals and National Teachers Institute had collaborated with the board to train more than 3,000 teachers, adding that the board set 2014 as deadline for all teachers to attain NCE certificate or be flushed out of the system, because it would no longer tolerate unqualified teachers.