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Elections force FG to extend IGP’s tenure – Minister



Targets 90% pry school enrollment by 2030

INSPECTOR-GENERAL of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba’s term in office has been extended.

  Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi, disclosed this to State House Correspondents after the year’s first Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday.

  The minister dropped the hint while responding to a question on whether or not the Inspector General would be retiring in two months’ time following recent speculations over Baba’s fate when he clocks 60 years on March 1.

  Explaining that Baba’s tenure was extended to prevent his retirement midway into the general elections, Dingyadi said the legal frame work was provided by the Police Act 2020 which has changed the rules for an IGP’s retirement.

  According to Dingyadi, extension of Baba’s tenure will not prevent federal government from honouring the rule that mandates public servants to go on retirement at 60.

  “I don’t know where you got your record but let me say that by the provision of the Police Act 2020, the IG is now supposed to have a kind of four-year period and Mr. President has already given him a letter of appointment in that regard. So the issue of IG going out during this election period does not arise,” Dingyadi said.

  It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari appointed then-DIG Baba as the Acting Inspector General of Police on April 6, 2021 before he was confirmed as substantive Inspector General of Police on June 2021.

  In another development, Nigeria plans to increase primary school enrollment from the current 46 per cent to 90 per cent by 2030 and also increase female enrollment and secondary school completion rate from 42 percent to 80 per cent by 2030.

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  National Coordinator of Human Capital Development (HCD) in National Economic Council, Mrs. Yosola Akinbi, gave the projection while flagging off the ongoing two-day South South Regional Conference on Human Capital Development in Benin, yesterday.

  Explaining that the project had been positioned to promote an inclusive and functional education system, Akinbi said the agency is also poised to promote equitable access to affordable and quality healthcare for every Nigerian.

  “We are also looking at reducing the figure of out-of-school children by 70 per cent. This is part of overall target of the human capital development project by government to achieve 24 million additional healthy under-five-year-old children that will survive and not be stunted by 2030. Such children would be educated to become productive Nigerians,” she said.

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