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Millions of Nigerian children out of school

29 May 2013, 11:52Emeka Adebanji and Augustine Osayande

Abuja - More than 10,5 million children of school going age in Nigeria are out of school.

This is according to Jean Gough, United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) representative in Nigeria.

Speaking at a Children’s Day celebration in Abuja, she said that the situation was unacceptable because the country had vast resources to put minors through school.

The United Nations Education and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO)’s Universal Basic Education had also committed funds to combat this problem.

Gough said government at all levels and corporate organisations must revive monitoring frameworks to ensure the funds were efficiently applied.

“We have to intervene for the children at the appropriate time or we lose them,” Gough said.

She bemoaned the quality of education in Nigeria where many students were illiterate.

The official also raised concern at the disturbances in Borno State which made attending school a challenge.

The state is epicentre of Boko Haram's activites, which has in recent weeks been unleashing acts of banditry.

- CAJ News

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