Niger State government has expressed concern over the number of out-of-school children in the state. The Commissioner for Education, Hannatu Salihu, who raised the alarm during the presentation of identified out-of-school children for the 2022 back to school campaign, recently in Minna, said if urgent measures were not taken, it could cause a lot of havoc to communities and the state at large.
“I must confess that a lot needs to be done before things get out of hand; hence the need for the three actors – community leaders, community volunteers and mothers’ association – saddled with this heavy task of identifying these children to sit up.”
The have done a good job by going into every nook and cranny of their respective communities to bring out those innocent children. This is certainly not an easy task to undertake,” she said.
The Commissioner urged journalists to support government in finding ways to scale up the campaign to the remaining 23 local councils of the state.
No fewer than 400 children from two local councils of Lapai and Kontagora, aged between five to 10 years, were return back to school.