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Ahmed expresses concern over high number of out-of-school children

09 October 2013, 21:07

Ilorin -Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara on Wednesday in Ilorin expressed concern over the 10.5 million Nigerian children said to be out-of-school.

Ahmed expressed the concern while declaring open the 32rd Annual National Conference of the Nigerian Association of Educational Administration and Planning.

"The staggering 10.5 million children that is said to be out-of-school in Nigeria should be of great concern to education planners and administrators,” he said.

Ahmed, who was represented by his deputy, Peter Kisira, noted that the incessant strike by lecturers of tertiary institutions had distorted academic calendars in higher institutions.

"The conference, I believe, will provide answers and the way forward to some of the issues hampering educational development in Nigeria,” he said.

He said that the theme of the conference, "Management of Education for National Security’’, was apt as no nation could develop without its citizens receiving properly educated.

He noted that effective management of education will curtail the problems of truancy, cases of drop-out, cultism and other social vices in the sector.

"Effective management of education will help in actualising our Vision 20: 20-20 initiative as well as in solving the problems of access, equity, and quality education delivery in Nigeria.

"It is education that leads to development; no nation can move forward without the development of its citizens, the youths in particular," he said.

Ahmed said it was the realisation of the importance of education that made his government to focus on skill acquisition and vocational training.



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