Senate President Ahmad Lawan has expressed his concerns about the out of school children in the country.
During a courtesy visit to his office on Wednesday by delegates from the Arewa Consultative Forum, Lawan noted that it was not an enviable record that Nigeria has the world’s highest figure of out of school children.
Lawan said the Senate is not unmindful of the challenges that the country is currently facing noting that the north particularly faces more security challenges than other parts of the country.
“Before, the north was safer than many parts of the country. Today the north is worse in terms of security. So we have to work hard with the executive arms of government to deal with the security challenges as much as we can.”
He said, “We are worried and concerned with educational deterioration in many parts of the country and especially the out of school children who numbered about 11 million, some we tell you 14 million.
“The true thing is that nobody knows the figure. The figure could be much more than that because we are poor with our statistics.
“The majority of this out of school children are in the northern part of Nigeria. And this is the highest in the world. It is not an enviable position.
“These out of school children are our responsibility. We owe them because it is not a privilege, it is their right to be in school. We shouldn’t allow them to continue to stray in the street.
“Whether we call them almajiri or not, these are the leaders of tomorrow and there is going to be a widening gap if such people are left uneducated. They will also contribute security challenge to us if they have not already,” Lawan said.