By Onalo Mamodu – Lokoja.
Learning Centre constructed by the Federal Ministry of Education for the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp at the Wada Flood Estate, Lokoja, has been handed over to Kogi State Government.
The centre is aimed at catering for the educational needs of children and aged of the community to stems the tide of out of school challenges.
Handing over the project to Kogi State Government in Lokoja, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu said the centre would help in overcoming the challenge of out- of- school children across the country and urged the community to enroll their children in the centre.
Represented by the Deputy Director, Basic Education in the ministry, Mr Omotomi Ayotunde Kehinde, the minister said no nation could make meaningful progress with a high number of youths been illiterate.
According to him, a high number of out-of-school children in IDPs camps is inimical to the economic growth and advancement of any country, hence the need to establish learning centres in the IDPs across the nation.
The minister hoped that those enrolled in the centres remain, complete and transit to higher level of education with the creation of a conducive environment for learning and appealed to relevant stakeholders and others to work together get support the enrollees especially the aged to acquire the needed skills for a safer society.
Taking over the centre on behalf of the State Government, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Wemi Jones said the state under Governor Yahaya Bello had placed high premium on education by allocating thirty per cent of it’s annual budget to education which was higher than the twenty six per cent recommended by UNESCO.
While assuring the Federal Ministry of Education of effective functioning of the centre , he enjoined the community to guard the facility against vandalisation.
Also speaking, Chairman Kogi State Universal Basic Education Board, Alhaji Ndalaye Suleiman request that the community donate a land to enable government to embark on the construction of a modern learning Centre and assured them that work would commenced early next year.