ACF berates Northern govs over out-of-school children

Rising from its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting yesterday, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) berated the governors of the region over their attitude towards the growing number of out of school children in the zone. A statement from the Northern apex body disclosed as unfortunate their behavior towards the issue of education in the north, asking them to buckle up.

The statement signed by Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, ACF National Publicity Secretary, also called on the Federal Government to work out an appropriate measure to tackle the growing insecurity in the country. Part of the statement said: “On the issue of more than 10 million children that are out of school in the North, the Council noted with concern the increase in the number of Almajiris and children roaming the streets and the unfortunate attitude of our state governors towards the development of education.

“Recently, the Emirs and Chiefs in the North organized a conference on this burning issue where it discussed and issued a communiqué on how the Northern States should tackle the situation. Unfortunately, very few states attended the Conference or even sent representatives. “Furthermore, the Minister of Education recently lamented the attitude of states government to access funds at the Universal Basic Education Commission for primary education development by paying their counterpart funding.”

According to ACF: “This is an unfortunate development. Council therefore appealed to the Northern state governments to seriously address this out-of-school children menace to avoid further escalation of insecurity and other vices that have bedeviled the North; Illiteracy, poverty and drug abuses are a result of poor education and nonchalant attitude of our leaders to good governance.”

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