Out-of-School Children In Nigeria: FG Not Responsible, Says Osinbajo

The Presidency on Tuesday said the Federal Government was not the cause of most of the problems associated with the education sector in Nigeria, adding that  it was the responsibility of state governments.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), made the clarification in Abuja on Tuesday while declaring open a two-day national dialogue on girls with the theme, ‘National dialogue on girls: Towards a girl-friendly Nigeria.’

The programme was jointly organized by the African Child Policy Forum, Women Arise for Change Initiative and the Africa-Wide Movement for Children.

Osinbajo identified social and cultural prejudices as some of the critical problems militating against the girl child in Nigeria, stressing that despite efforts by the Federal Government to curtail the menace, states and local governments also had roles to play.

He said, “We run a federal system and questions of education, medical care are essential state matters. Primary education is state and local government matter. The Federal Government has only about 100 schools of the hundreds of thousands of schools.

“Sometimes, when we talk about out-of-school children and problems associated with education, we tend to focus on the Federal Government whereas the Federal Government does not run primary school. That is not the business of FG.  It is the business of state and local government.”

Osinbajo advised victims of child abuse not to take it as the end of life, adding that examples abound of such victims that have shrugged it off to make it in life.

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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