- A lawmaker in the House of Representatives has called on his colleagues to make sacrifices for out-of-school children
- Farah Dagogo said the planned renovations of the National Assembly complex and the purchase of vehicles for lawmakers should be put on hold
- Dagogo urged that the funds earmarked for these projects be used for the enrollment and retention of children of school age into schools
A member of the House of Representatives, Farah Dagogo, has called on his colleagues at the National Assembly to sacrifice money for the planned renovation of the National Assembly and the purchase of cars for lawmakers for out-of-school children.
Dagogo, the lawmaker representing Degema/Bonny federal constituency on Sunday, March 15, said the National Assembly leadership should halt the planned renovation of the complex.
The lawmaker said the planned purchase of utility vehicles for his colleagues should not be a priority at the moment.
He further advised that the funds earmarked for these two projects should be invested in the enrollment of millions of out-of-school children in Nigeria.
He said the renovation and car purchase be sacrificed 'for now' and rather channelled towards tackling the growing menace of out-of-school children.
Dagogo's plea follows a special plenary session held at the House of Representatives for out-of-school children in Nigeria.
At the plenary, the minority leaders of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, called on members of the green chamber to endeavour to make sacrifices for the Nigerian masses.
Elumelu urged the lawmakers to sacrifice their allowances and salaries for the sponsorship of children of school age who are currently out of school.
In his reaction, the Dagogo said the ninth Assembly is known for its efforts in unalloyed sacrifices for the country.
Dagogo said: "I'm particularly happy that the Minority Leader urged members to make sacrifices from their salaries and allowances to curb the menace."
He said this time, it is important that efforts are consciously made in the enrollment of out-of-school children.
"We all know the financial quagmire the country is facing today, government at various levels are working round the clock to improve the lives of the masses, but if we are truly desirous of getting this out-of-school children debacle right, renovation of National Assembly, purchase of cars and other sundry matters, should be shelved, the priority should be how to better the lives of our children for the future," Dagogo said.
He added that the National Assembly is an institution known for taking proactive steps and measures that serve the interest of the country.
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