Over 11m children are out of school in Nigeria, 6.6m are girls – UNICEF

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By Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has said that over 11 million children are out of school in Nigeria out of which 60per cent are girls and 5 million under the age of 15, hence every necessary efforts that could help government to bring this figure down must be encouraged

The President of Build A School Initiative in Africa (BASIA) Dr Victor Ukorebi stated this at the commissioning and handing over of block of four classrooms, modern toilets, motorised borehole and renovated staff room built by the organization at St Peter’s College, (Senior) Olomore, Abeokuta to Ogun state government.

Dr Ukorebi disclosed that the main goal of the charitable organization was to join the likeminds and government to reduce population of out of school children in Africa saying “these children of ours belong to the classroom and not the street, they deserve sound education for better future and not hawking or idling away, so we must all join hands to have more of our children in school”.

Speaking at the event, the deputy governor of Ogun state, Engr Noimot Salako-Oyedele has called on well-to-do individuals and international bodies to support government efforts towards improving the educational sector and thereby raising the bar of qualitative education in the state.

Engr. Salako-Oyedele, according to statement from her Media aide, Mrs Oluwaseun Boye, welcomed the support of the charity organisation explaining that the cost of education was too enormous for government to handle alone, hence the need for more partnership from individuals, school alumni, Parents Teachers Associations (PTAs), as a way to support the policies of the present administration.

While saying government had commenced refurbishment of schools across the State, so as to ensure everyone feels its impact, the Deputy Governor said backlog of teachers’ promotion had been approved, charging the school management and the students to make good use of the facilities.

Delivering his address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Ola Olu Aikulola, expressed appreciation to the donors for embarking on a project that would have positive impact on the society, urging beneficiaries to reciprocate the gesture by maintaining the facilities.

In her welcome address, the Principal, St. Peters College, Senior School, Olomore, Mrs. Adesola Ajayi lauded the giant strides of BASIA at meeting the needs of future generations by providing the facilities, assuring that the school would utilise and maintain them adequately.

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