The First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has lamented over the increasing population of out-of-school children in the North.
She described the plight as disheartening during the inauguration of her pet project, Future Assured Youth Education and Empowerment Programme recently.
Represented at the occasion was Dr Abba Tahir, Vice-President American University of Nigeria, Yola, Aisha Buhari said the situation required government’s urgent attention.
She said, “The case is most disheartening in the northern states where insurgency, poverty and our socio-cultural norms have played key roles in further worsening what is left of the ruins of dilapidated structures, insufficient and poorly motivated teachers at all levels.”
The inaugurated projects is expected to train 750 young persons in Adamawa.
M eanwhile, Mrs Buhari further stated that education deprivation in northern Nigeria was driven by factors such as economic barriers and socio-cultural norms and practices that discourage attendance in formal education, especially for girls.
The wife to the President reiterated that the root cause must be figured out and called for sustained actions to tackle the phenomenon of out-of-school children in the country.
“We cannot abandon them. We must realise that all development issues are interrelated and unless we figure out a way of addressing the root causes in education, health, nutrition, agriculture and economic empowerment, holistically. We may never create a balance in our development," she said.