BY FAVOUR NNABUGWU
The Federal Government has pledged to hand over completed and furnished almajiri and girl-child schools to state governments for onward enrollment by December this year.
The Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike who invited all the almajiri, girl-child and furnishing contractors to a meeting in Abuja Tuesday, urged the contractors that were yet to complete the various contracts given to them to do so on or before November in order for the schools to be handed over latest by December this year.
According to him, “We cannot hand over almajiri schools to state governments without furnishing the schools. We had to call for the meeting so as to know where the problem of delay lies whether in the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) or the contractors.”
Some of the contractors at the meeting include those handling Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Delta, Ekiti, Zamfara, Rivers, Adamawa, Yobe, Jigawa, Irno, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Kaduna and Bayelsa states. “The interest of government is to ensure that there are no lapses or excuses from any contractor to deliver on time.”
He remarked that government would only continue with contractors that deliver in the first phase on the second phase of the projects.
He, therefore, directed the management of UBEC to release funds to the various contractors as the need arises.
He commended the contractors for the seriousness shown in starting the construction of the various projects, while thanking the management and staff of UBEC for their tireless efforts at ensuring the completion of the projects.
The Federal Government under its integration of Western and Islamic education is constructing 100 schools in the country in two phases for that purpose with each state having a minimum of three of the schools.