The Universal Basic Education Commission Board (UBEC) has said it will disburse the sum of N142.58 billion to support educational growth in Kaduna state.

This was disclosed by the Minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu during the opening of a two-day Northern Nigerian Traditional Leaders Conference on Drop Out students in Kaduna on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

The conference was organized by Federal Ministry of Education, Universal Basic Education Commission, National Commission for Mass Education and Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development, in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Adamu also revealed that the World Bank between 2016 and now issued $611 million credit facility to support states with the highest number of school dropouts.

He said; “The Federal Government had equally deducted N71.292 billion from Paris Club Refund, as outstanding UBEC counterpart fund owed by states as at August 2018.

“Such financial support to the state through UBEC and Tertiary Education Trust Fund and other initiatives would be sustained,” he added.

Adamu called on relevant stakeholders to join hands in tackling the root causes of out-of-school children.

“We must provide our children with the needed knowledge and skills to realise their potentials and contribute to the development of our dear nation,” he added.

The minister thanked the northern traditional leaders and relevant stakeholders for coming together to express collective commitment to addressing the phenomenon of out-of-school children.

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