The coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has expressed worry over the high rate of Out of school children in Nigeria.
The group is also calling on the Federal Government to amend the Universal Basic Education act which tends to encourage girl child education, and also increase the quality of Education.
The coalition made the disclosure while briefing journalist in Abuja.
The Community Engagement Manager of Connected Development (CODE), Mr.
Busayo Morakinyo noted that the number of Out of School children has increased greatly.
“The passage of the UBE Act will ensure inclusiveness in education for every Nigerian child. Irrespective of the status of the child, he /she will have access to complete free education. As the statistics of the number of Out of school children keeps increasing , there is need for more action from the law makers in the country”.
Morakinyo noted that considering the low reception of formal education in the Northern part of the country , it is essential to pass the UBE Act so that access to quality education will not be a barrier.
“It is essential for our leaders to, place high value on Education , so as to boost the future economy of the country .Children that are well educated, will be add value to the economy and not be a burden to anyone
The Program Manager, Youth Hub Africa, Mr. Medupin Olusegun also called on the leadership of the house of Representative and the entire structure of National Assembly, Federal Ministry of Education (Mallam Adamu Adamu), and President Muhammadu Buhari, to rise to the occasion and amend the UBE act without further
“We are encouraging the law makers to speed up the passage of the UBE act. If the act is passed into law , a good future await all Nigerians.”
The CSOs also lament the scourge of insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country. It has also contributed to the increasing statistics, as some do not have the leverage to access the school environment .
It would be recalled earlier that the senate passed into law the UBE act (2004) in 2017. A bill to amend the free and compulsory universal basic education for school children in Nigeria. However, the House of Representatives on the other hand are yet to pass the bill.