About one million children in Nigeria are currently out of school due to poverty and the inability of their parents or guardians to pay their school fees.
This assertion was made by the Cross River State chairperson of the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Mrs Umo Basi-Edet in Calabar, the state capital.
Basi-Edet, who made the assertion at an event to mark the 2021 African Child’s Day, said though some public-spirited individuals and government at various levels had assisted the out-of-school children, the steps taken by them had not yielded the desired results.
Speaking on the theme: “30 years after the Adoption of the Charter: Accelerate the implementation of Agenda 2040 for an Africa fit for Children,” Basi-Edet decried what the affected children go through despite the abundant human and material resources in the continent.
She called on government at all levels, well meaningful Nigerians and public spirited individuals to come together and find a solution to this societal problem so as to guarantee the future of the country.