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
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