By Hassan Umar Shallpella
The United Nations Children Fund UNICEF said over 10.5 million children are out of school in Nigeria, out of figure Adamawa State alone has over 489,855.
This is contained in a report submitted to the Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa state by UNICEF.
Governor Fintiri while receiving the report described the situation as a “bad record for the state” reiterated that the very soon government will take education seriously at both state and national levels for the betterment of state and country at large.
The Governor, who was represented by the Chief of Staff Government Yola Prof. Maxwell Gidado, SAN call for urgent need to address the situation, reiterated the commitment of government to fulfill his campaign promises on improving and making education affordable in the state.
“unlike chapter 4 of the constitution which deals with fundamental human right, chapter 2 of the constitution contained the right to education is no justifiable only recognized as a state policy and therefore doesn’t guarantee right of parents to government in case of inability to educate their wards”. He argued
In his remark, the programme UNICEF education consultant in the state Mr. Joel Isaiah said UNICEF is supporting Bauchi, Niger, Katsina, Kano, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba states and FCT who have about 8 million out of school children with an average enrolment of 57 percent.