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Jonathan gift books to the Nigerian children

Jonathan gift books to the Nigerian children Since President Goodluck Jonathan became the nation's leader, he has never hidden his desire to ensure that the Nigerian child gets the right

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Jonathan gift books to the Nigerian children

Since President Goodluck Jonathan became the nation's leader, he has never hidden his desire to ensure that the Nigerian child gets the right quality of education.

When the President launched the Bring back the Book programme, many social commentators had dismissed it as a flash in the pan.
After his victory at the polls, President Jonathan has taken critical steps to revive the nation's education sector, especially the basic education sub-sector.

The president maintains and rightly so, that it is the right of every Nigerian child to have access to basic education, irrespective of the circumstances of his/her birth. To him, a sound basic education cannot be possible if the children do not have access to books and other instructional materials to enhance their knowledge and become worthy citizens, prepared to advance the cause of the nation.


It was on the premise that the President directed the Minister of State for Education, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike to ensure that all primary school and junior secondary school pupils have access to textbooks in core subjects including the English Language, Mathematics, Social Studies and the Basic Introductory Sciences.

For the President, no Nigerian child should be denied the opportunity of building his/her knowledge based on the ground of his/her poor social background. the President's position is premised on surveys from the Federal Ministry of Education and the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, which indicate that although the present administration's interventionist programmes in the basic education sub-sector has led to increased enrolment in schools across the country, there remains the gap of the scarcity of instructional materials and books available to the less privileged Nigerian child.

On Thursday, last week, President Goodluck Jonathan flagged off one of the most courageous book distribution initiatives aimed at returning the country to the days of qualitative learning with a view to building a critical foundation for the general development of the nation. the flag off which was performed on behalf of the President by his vice, Namadi Sambo, was witnessed by the state education commissioners, chairmen of state Universal Basic Education Boards, teachers and pupils from the 36 states of the federation.

At the event held at the Model Primary School, Maitama Abuja, Sambo distributed books to select children from the six geo-political zones from the primary and junior secondary school cadres. From the faces of these kids, one could see their joy and appreciation for the President's worthy priceless gifts.

In the next few weeks, the Federal Government will conclude the direct distribution of 14 million copies of primary one and two textbooks in English Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, Basic Science and Technology. Also to be distributed are assorted library resource materials for junior school pupils totalling 4,929,593million copies. These books are to be distributed directly to benefitting Nigerian children.

The President has instructed that every single book must get to the less privileged Nigerian child at no cost to his/ her parents. To this end, the Federal Ministry of Education and UBEC have put in place mechanisms to check the activities of fraudulent officials in the supply chain.
One of such measures is the setting up all encompassing books' distribution committees from the federal through to the states down to the the local government councils. Timelines have been given to the committees with the overall supervision by the Mr Wike to be assisted by the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Ahmed Modibbo Mohammed for the direct distribution of the books to the children.

Another measure introduced is the Jonathan gift books to the Nigerian childrend inscription on every school page of all the books that they are not to be sold, but to be distributed free of charge. Beyond all these, is the involvement of security operatives at states and local councils to arrest and prosecute any official or trader found to be in possession of diverted copies of the books.
Wike, a lawyer, believes that the monitoring mechanisms are robust enough to protect the interest of the Nigerian child and ensure that the books are not diverted.

He said: "The Ministry of Education will neither accept nor tolerate the malady of the past where such textbooks were either found in the open markets despite the branded inscriptions against such unwholesome practices or left unutilised in the storerooms of schools, unprotected from destruction by water and pests. For us, education remains key to national development and the administration of President Jonathan is determined to ensure that primary school pupils and Junior Secondary students have access to relevant books for better learning to take place".


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