The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned that the growing rate of out of school children in Nigeria is alarming and is posing a threat to the future of the country.
The agency raised the alarm on Monday during a media dialogue in Kano, organized by the Child Right Information Bureau (CRIB) of the Federal Ministry of Information And Culture in collaboration with UNICEF to promote equity in education for Children.
A UNICEF communication specialist, Geoffrey Njoku said the situation is alarming and need urgent action taken. “If we continue to have 13.2 million out of school children you can predict where Nigeria will be in the future.”
Speaking at the dialogue, the Head, CRIB, FMI, Mr Olumide Osanyipeju commended UNICEF for their continuous support in helping to reduce the trend and called on relevant actors to key in the fight against eliminating the issue of out of school children in Nigeria.
“Nigeria’s future prosperity depends on producing children who are well prepared to take their place in tomorrow s society unfortunately, a large number of Nigeria Children are at risk of deprivation of basic social amenities.”
On her part, the UNICEF education specialist, Azuka Menkiti said Nigeria account for more than one in five out of school children globally and 45 percent of out of school children in West Africa while calling for an action.
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