President Bola Tinubu on Thursday expressed alarm at the high number of out-of-school children in Nigeria, his spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, wrote in a statement.
”We must address this issue by establishing more schools, recruiting teachers, and providing at least one meal a day for the school children, aligning with the progressive ideology we aim to pursue,” Mr Tinubu told members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of his party, All Progressives Congress (APC).Nigeria has about 20 million children of school age who are out of school,UNESCOestimated last year, although the Nigerian government argued that the actual figure may be lower. Only India has more children out of school than Nigeria, according to the UN agency.The number of out-of-school children in Nigeria is made worse by the insecurity that continues to ravage many communities in northern Nigeria, displacing thousands of people from their homes and leading to the closure of schools.
Mr Tinubu’s proposed solution needs the support of state governments to work. Most of Nigeria’s public primary and secondary schools are owned by state and local governments who are also responsible for staffing and running such schools.