By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs Ifeoma Nkiruka Anagbogu has assured of her ministry’s commitment towards collaborating with the National Assembly and other stakeholders in reducing the number of out-of school children in Nigeria.
Mrs Anagbogu made this known at a meeting with the House of Representatives sub-committee on out of school children and other stakeholders in the educational sector in Abuja.
The permanent secretary said that there is the need for adequate funding of the programmes and activities of the Ministry of Women Affairs to complement the newly created Girl-child Education Division of the ministry, adding that this will go a long way in tackling the issue of street begging, illiteracy, human trafficking and prostitution among others.
She added that her ministry has a clear vision and has outlined activities and programmes aimed at boosting girl-child education with a view to curbing the rising number of out-of school children in Nigeria.
Similarly, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-formal Education (NMEC), Prof. Abba Abubakar Haladu and the Executive Secretary of National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE), Prof. Bashir Usman in their separate recommendations, highlighted the need for adequate funding of the educational sector to address the challenges of both formal and non formal sectors in order to meet present realities.
Also in their remarks, the chairman of the sub-committee, Hon. Sylvester Ogbaga and other members among whom were, Hon Karu Simon and Hon Shamsudeen Dambazau, urged the Ministry of Women Affairs to collaborate with its education counterpart to reduce the number of out of school children which according to them, available statistics have indicated that over 60 per cent of the out of school children are girls.