Minister of State for Education, Mr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike
Minister of State for Education, Mr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, has called on state and local governments as well as the private sector to key into the Federal Government’s distribution of books to Nigerian children in public basic education institutions.
The Minister asked these stakeholders to provide books in all subject areas to ensure that no child is denied access to relevant books.
Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of State for Education, Mr. Simeon Nwakaudu, said in a statement that Wike spoke in Gombe, Gombe State, during the North-east flag off of the free book distribution to primary school and junior secondary school children and the handing over of two primary schools constructed by the Korean Government.
He said the Federal Government is distributing 2,916,702 copies of books and 672,000 assorted titles of library resource materials to the North-east geo-political zone of the country.
Wike appealed to state governors to focus more attention on their respective Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEB) to enhance the delivery of basic education in the country.
“Unless we have State Universal Basic Education Boards that are honestly and transparently committed to their responsibilities, we are not going to get improvements that we need in the quality of basic education”, he said.
On the schools constructed by the Korean Government through the Korean International Cooperation Agency, KOICA, Wike noted that the gesture is a product of the relationship built between the Federal Government and its Korean counterpart.