The Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, said this in his Abuja office when answering questions from Malala Yousufzai, a Pakistani youth education activist.
“(This is) judging from the statistics that we had from 2012 to 2013, and then with the new schools that we have built, the Almajiri schools.
“This government is doing everything humanly possible to make sure that not less than two million are enrolled in schools throughout the federation,’’ he said.
The minister said that government has build 180 schools across the country adding that not less than 135 of the schools had been furnished for the out-of-school children.
He said that the schools included girl-child education centres as well as vocational centres for boys who were out of school and the Almajiri children.
He added that government was giving incentives such as free feeding, books and uniforms, among others, to keep such children in school.
He explained that the Federal Government through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), from 2011 to date, had given to the states N139 billion to improve basic education.
“Whatever we do, there is a synergy between the ministry and state governments and if they do not key in it becomes difficult to run the basic education.
“So there is a collaboration between the federal and the state governments as it concerns basic education,’’ he said.(NAN)