Mar 16, 2012

Nigeria, Islamic Bank sign $98m for almajiri education


ABUJA—The Federal Government and Islamic Development Bank, IDB, yesterday, signed $98 million bilingual education deal to help the country educate the Almajiri.
The bilingual agreement was signed during the opening ceremony of the maiden edition of a two-day workshop of IDB-Nigeria Business Forum in Abuja.

IDB President, Dr. Ahmad Al-Madani, said the $98 million support was to assist the nation bridge the gap between formal and informal education for  the Almajari in the country.
He said:  “I am happy to inform you that the Board of Executive Directors of the Bank has recently approved US$98 million to implement the Bilingual education programme in Nigeria.
”The IDB Bilingual education programme will support government policy to integrate and modernise Almajari and Tsangaya schools.
Amplifying the positions of the IDB president, Nigeria’s Vice-President, Namadi Sambo, noted that the country had to reach out to institutions that could assist it achieve its transformation agenda.
He said:   “Permit me to say that in our quest for development, it has become imperative to spread our reach, collaborate and strategise with development partners around the world.