State Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Danladi Umar Abdulhameed

Niger State government says it has spent N15.5billion on its free education programme in the last six years.

The State Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Danladi Umar Abdulhameed disclosed in Minna on Thursday.

He also said disclosed that the free education policy which was introduced by the administration of Governor Babangida Aliyu has led to increase in the enrolment of pupils in the basic sector of education from 700,000 in 2007 to 1.4m.

Apart from committing about N2.2b on the payment of fees for candidates that sat for external examinations between 2008 and 2012, Alhaji Abdulhameed said under the free education policy government has so far distributed 900,000 copies of assorted text books in core subjects and 1m exercise books to pupils in public primary and secondary schools.

In addition he said 200,000 packets of chalks, 90,000 mathematical sets 700,000 pupils instructional materials 6000 copies of text books for teachers 12,000 copies of text books for ECCED while 50 schools were provided with science laboratories.

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