To curb the out-of-school children menace in Nigeria, the minister of state for education, Dr. Yusuf Tanko Sununu, has called on the Federal, state, local authorities, and the private sector to collaborate efforts towards immediate, aggressive and intensive enrolment drive.
Sununu said the national target is to reduce out-of-school children numbers by at least a quota in the next two years.
At the opening ceremony of the maiden edition of the Basic Education Summit in Nigeria in Uyo, the Akwaibom state, he said the commitment and team work by stakeholders are critical elements needed to eradicate the phenomenon.
In a press statement by the director press and public relations, Ben. Sununu said in spite of the significant development strides in the Country’s education sector, the large number of out of school children remains shocking and unacceptable, calling on all hands to stay on deck in our national resolve to confront the ugly phenomena.
The minister reaffirmed that the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is committed to creative policies and ideas that will take education in the Country to enviable heights.
In his keynote address to the summit, the executive Governor of Akwa ibom state, His Excellency, Pastor Umo Eno said the country must return to the good old days where the necessary facilities for teaching and learning were provided for Basic schools, including accommodation on school premises for teachers for effective supervision of school activities, adding that his administration will lead by example.