The ministries of humanitarian affairs, disaster management, and social development have been directed to coordinate the deployment of a national plan to address the issue of out-of-school children in the country.
president Muhammadu Buhari, who gave the directive while inaugurating the 18-member presidential steering committee on alternate school programme, co-chaired by the ministers of humanitarian affairs and education at the state house, Abuja, stated that it was unacceptable seeing children abandon formal school for menial jobs in markets, streets, and workshops.
He said the framework would ensure the inclusiveness of appropriate basic education for vulnerable children.
Buhari noted that in view of some United Nations agencies that report a disturbing level of out-of-school children estimated at 13 million, the ministry had identified the critical need to further address literacy inclusiveness, especially among these susceptible children.
The president further reiterated his administration’s commitment to deal with poverty and put Nigeria on the path of development.