By Felix Khanoba
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has assured Edo State Government of his readiness to provide educational support for illegal migrants recently deported from overseas to the state.
The minister gave the assurance while receiving Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja.
According to a statement made available to The AUTHORITY and signed by education ministry’s Director of Press and PublicRelations, Mrs Chinwe Ihuoma, Mni, Adamu promised to even render help beyond the request by the governor in order to curtail the crisis by advancing the educational levels of all the affected persons.
He urged the governor to make a formal request to the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for special interventions in the schools that would be used for the educational rehabilitation programmes for the retuned migrants and traffic persons.
Earlier, Obaseki had appealed to the minister to consider special help for the state to upgrade its three colleges of education and polytechnics to be used to train the affected persons.
He explained that research revealed that most of the deported migrants and trafficked persons have low academic levels, adding that equipping them with better education and skills would enhance their orientations and life style.
The governor assured the minister that the state would meet up with whatever criteria that would qualify the designated tertiary institutions to merit swift interventions from TETFund.