President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to coordinate and lead a deployment of a National Plan to address issues of out-of-school children.
Inaugurating an 18-member Presidential Steering Committee on Alternate School Programme (ASP) co-chaired by the Ministers of Humanitarian Affairs and Education, the President said it was unacceptable to see children abandoning formal school to engage in menial jobs and child labour.
He said the national plan would ensure a holistic and comprehensive inclusiveness of appropriate basic education for vulnerable children.
Out of school children estimated at 13 million
President Buhari noted that in view of a United Nations’ report of a disturbing level of out of school children estimated at 13 million, he said the Humanitarian Affairs Ministry had identified a critical need to further address literacy inclusiveness.
He also reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to deal with key challenges of absolute poverty and propel Nigerians to a better way of life.
Reviewing the administration’s programmes on poverty eradication, President Buhari expressed delight that many countries are now admiring and imitating Nigeria’s social investment programmes as an effective strategy in the fight against poverty.
Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, said the success of the programme would be a turning point in the nation’s development as it would accelerate the drive towards sustainable development.”