The Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, has approved N22.79bn to 15 states through the World Bank-funded Better Education Service Delivery for All project.
According to the Federal Ministry of Education, the states were chosen based on the prevalence of the number of out-of-school children.
The Ministry had in November 2021, noted that about 924,590 out of the previous figures of 10,193,918 out-of-school children in Nigeria have been enrolled into basic schools.
The states are Adamawa, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara.
While Adamawa, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kebbi, Niger, Oyo, Rivers, Yobe and Zamfara would pocket N1.2bn each, Kano, Katsina and Sokoto would receive N2.4 bn each but Taraba State would take N2.05 bn.
The Commission had last week stated that it disbursed N533.7bn to the 36 states and FCT between 2005 and 2021.
UBEC is the Federal Government’s agency responsible for the supervision of basic education in Nigeria and the disbursement of intervention funds in areas of basic education.
WikkiTimes recalls that Bauchi State accounts for the highest number of out-of-school children in Nigeria with over one million children in the state not attending any formal learning institution.