In a bid to sit herself among nations with well structured educational system. And to remove millions of street roaming young children who cannot afford to go to school. Africa’s largest economy country (Nigeria) through her lawmakers is on the road to change the narrative of the country’s poor educational standard by the implementation of free education for every Nigerian children,youth development oriented projects and policies.
Going in line with government’s agenda to facilitate real time and sustainable solutions to Nigeria’s problems,the struggle to redeem the country in the shortest time possible, the House of Representatives has to this effect, lend a voice, again, urging the Federal government to roll her sleeves and commence the implementation of free and compulsory education for primary and secondary school children.
Press recently reported that lawmaker Akinwunmi Olaitan (APC, Lagos), who moved this motion for the adoption before the house lamented the shocking reality of the number of out-of-school children, which according to available statistics from Unicef, has been accorded a devastating figure of 10.5 million across states of the country. The community and youth development driven lawmaker, Hon. Akinwunmi Olaitan,representing Ifako-Ijaye Federal Constituency has called for instant actions from the government to salvage the worrisome situation.
Speaking on the same motion, lawmaker Jimoh Olajide (APC, Lagos), according to a publication in the Nation Newspaper, regretted that an International Labour Conference, held in Geneva, Switzerland in 2016 declared that Nigeria is one of the 10 countries in the world accounting for the majority of children deprived of access to education.
However, when this implementation takes full effect, Nigeria will clean the street off roaming and hawking school-age children. And securing a brighter future will be our priority. The House urged the Federal government to invest more in teacher’s training and improve on student/teacher ratio. While not forgetting to develop more on the country’s educational infrastructure.
Still with the country’s educational sector in focus. The house Committee on Basic Education and Services, during the hearing session, was immediately mandated to take a critical look into the issue and come up with efficient and sustainable solutions.
According to Hon. Olaitan, he said inadequate provisions for public funded schools have greatly influenced the increasing rate of insurgency in the country. He noted that the implication of this on national development is an unstoppable increase in economy degradation & exacerbating security issues. which will later hamper social well being and impede national growth alongside general economic progress.
And sooner,the social consequence may consume us as the multiplier effect of this in future.
The lawmaker also stated that Nigeria in recent times has witnessed an unprecedented level of insecurity and has been a major threat to government. which has prompted huge allocation of the national budget to security.
It is equally disturbing that with the lingering security challenges. And inability of the security apparatus of government to guarantee safety and security in the country. The question that bothers everyone in Nigeria today, is can there be security?” the lawmaker from Lagos submitted.
The Nation Newspaper gathered that the speaker,Hon.Yakubu Dogara unanimously adopted the motion. It is therefore hoped that through this call by Hon. Akinwunmi Olaitan ,the narrative will turn around. Nigerians will experience a shift from old ways & witness a positive education revolution of every Nigerian’s dream.