Education Politics

Oyo to educate over 170, 000 Almajiris, Hawkers

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Written by Maritime First

…As 24,815 unemployed youths register with Ogun Govt for employment***

Oyo state Government says it will utilise the World Bank Assisted Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) $3million take-off grant to educate 170, 536 out-of-school children in 23 Local Government Areas of the state.

Dr Nureni Adeniran, Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, (SUBEB), said this on Monday in Ibadan, in a statement issued by Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, just as Ogun State Government says no fewer than 24,815 unemployed people as at Monday, have registered on the Government’s job portal which opened Thursday.

The statement quotes Adeniran as making the disclosure recently after a two-day interactive session with stakeholders on the implementation of BESDA.

The SUBEB chairman reiterated the state government’s resolve to effectively take off the street all out-of-school children and put them in public schools, adding that the programme would cater for hawkers and Almajiris in the state.

“Despite all the hiccups, I strongly believe that the essence of BESDA, which is to effectively take all the out-of-school children off the streets and draw them back to schools, will be accomplished in Oyo State.

“The state government will ensure that a total of 62, 733 hawkers are taken back to school, while 107, 803 Almajiris will be taken off the streets in the Oke-Ogun region of the state.

“The Board has embarked on strategies that would ensure all out-of-school-children are returned to schools before year-2022.

“Oyo state as one of the participating States would ensure that all out-of-school-children were brought back to schools within the years of the programme’r implementation in the country as a whole,” he said.

The Chairman also promised that the State Government, under the leadership of Gov. Seyi Makinde would pay undivided attention to reduction in the number of out-of-school children, improve their literacy level and strengthen the education system.

Earlier, Malam Iro Umar, the Head, Coordination Support Team, BESDA, expressed optimism that Oyo State has a good team to implement BESDA project.

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He further said that the State, through Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, had met necessary parameters and has what it takes to drive the programme to a fruitful end.

“Oyo state government would receive an initial BESDA grant of $3million, to kick off the programme in Ona-ara, Kajola, Surulere, Saki West, Akinyele, Olorunsogo, Iseyin, Saki East, Oyo West, Ogbomosho South, Ogbomosho North and Iwajowa.

“Other local government areas are, Ogo-Oluwa, Ibadan South East, Oriire, Oluyole, Afijio, Oyo West, Ibadan South East, Egbeda, Oreloope, Ibarapa Central and Ibadan North East,” Umar said.

In the meantime, no fewer than 24,815 people as at Monday have registered on the Ogun State Government job portal which opened Thursday.

The Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor, Mr Kunle Somorin highlighted this, in Abeokuta, underscoring the pronounced level of unemployment in the State.

The governor last Thursday launched the portal as a platform to register unemployed youths on regular basis, in orchestrated commitment at providing them with jobs suitable for their academic and trade qualifications.

Somorin explained that the state government had started analysing profiles on the portal, adding it would soon begin to match and link them with prospective employers.

According to him, 24,815 people have registered as at today.

He said the state government had swiftly responded to recent calls from members of the public over malfunctioning of the platform and rectified the fault.

“I can confirm to you that the portal works seamlessly now, and in spite of the pressure and number of applicants, registration goes on a minute-by-minute basis.

“The diversity of applications received is also overwhelming.

“They cut across careers, ages and ethnic backgrounds. People have applied from all over the country and beyond,” he said.

Somori, therefore, urged those who had issues registering earlier to revisit the portal and complete their applications.

“Those who are complaining about the site should be patient and follow the same process which helped the 24,815 people that had registered.

“The state government has placed the management of the portal in the hands of very competent professionals who are worthy partners in the “building our future together agenda” of the Dapo Abiodun-led administration,” he said.




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