Nigeria kicks Off Safe School Initiative With N3.2 billion



Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has on Tuesday kicked off the Safe School Initiative with an initial N3.2 billion from the Federal Government and the organised Private Sector, to ensure a safer school environment for Nigerian children. The initiative is aimed at making schools safer for children across Nigeria and ensuring that the about 10.5 million out of school Nigerian children are returned to school.The initiative was launched in the presence of the former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, who is the Special Representatives of the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Kin Moon; as well as Governors Kashim Shettima of Borno and Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe. It was held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. While it is meant for the whole country, the Safe Schools Initiative starts off in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, the states under emergency rule and which have been most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency. Mr. Brown had, during the World Economic Forum in May, pledged $10 million to help match investment by the federal government to ensure security in schools.The Minister of Finance and the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, while addressing journalists at the Presidential Villa after the commencement of the initiative said the flag off marked the beginning of a solid commitment to creating a more conducive atmosphere for the education of Nigerian children.

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