- The federal government has said that it is working towards reducing the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria
- The permanent secretary for the ministry of education expressed the ministry's readiness to intensify efforts in addressing the menace
- Sonny Echono said the lack of factual data as a stumbling block to planning
The federal government has reacted to the call by a civil society organisation to tackle the increasing number of out of school children across Nigeria.
The Federal Ministry of Education in its reaction expressed its readiness to intensify efforts in addressing the menace.
Connected Development and FlexiSAF Foundation had raised alarm over the increasing number of out-of-school children, and the detrimental effect it has on the future of Nigeria.
According to the partners, the issues of insurgency, conflicts and unrest in the country, combined with deep-rooted poverty, and certain cultural factors especially in northern part of Nigeria, have led to an increase in the number of out-of-school children.
Shortly after the call, the permanent secretary of the ministry of education, Sonny Echono, acknowledged the lack of factual data as a stumbling block to planning.
Echono said that in the last four years, the ministry has worked with partners to find empirical means of getting the actual figures right and devise the best ways of reducing the number of out-of-school children to the barest minimum.
He also assured that the ministry is working in partnership with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) at all level, the National Population Commission (NPC), and the Bureau of Statistics to tackle the growing number of children between ages five and 12 that are not in school.
Commending the federal government for its swift move, the chief executive for CODE, Hamzat Lawal, said he is pleased that Nigeria has began seeking strategies to address this menace.
According to Lawal, it is important for all to understand that the future of Nigeria is strongly determined by the quality of education of its children.
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Lawal said he is worried that out-of-school children are constantly being exposed to danger of violence, assault, exploitation and anti-social recruitment such as terrorism, child-trafficking and kidnapping.
He added that the government's response is a timely one and must be followed with immediate action that will see to it that Nigeria attains Sustainable Development Goal 4 on quality education by 2030.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, has stated that the number of out-of-school children across the country is estimated at 10,193,918. He further explained why many kids are not enrolled in primary and secondary schools.
The minister made the disclosure at a press conference on Friday, April 12.
Legit.ng gathers that Adamu, who was represented by the ministry’s permanent secretary, disclosed that the reasons why there were millions of out-of-school children included financial incapacitation, violent conflicts, ignorance on the part of parents/guardian and lack of political will to confront the ugly phenomenon.
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