By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Coordinator of a Non Governmental Organization (NGO), Mafoya Oluwa Mbe, Mr Oluwasegun Agboola on Sunday hinted that Education is the solution to Nigeria’s problem.
Speaking on the foundation organised in memory of the late patriarch of the family, late Chief Ezekiel Amoo Agboola, Mr Agboola said Nigeria will be freed from the alarming rate of insecurity and others vices , if the government could look more into improving the education of indigent students and out of school children.
The Coordinator maintained that the neglect of the indigent students and out of school children led to the rise of criminality in the country, saying, ” an educated child will look up to creating a better for himself and not engaging in criminal activities such as kidnapping ,banditry, arm robbery and other social vices.”
Stressing that the foundation was focused on addressing the problem of out of school children is ready to support the government in education through the initiative, he said it was also targeted at giving support to families of indigent students, adding that some schools for indigent students have been identified for the commencement of the initiative.
Speaking further, he disclosed that the initiative which was earlier launched in January will commence with a road show which will be held between 21st of September to 25th of September and that the road show will involve the sensitisation of people about the foundation.
Highlighting that programmes such as health sensitisation, medical outreach will also be done during this period, Mr Agboola reiterated the foundation’s commitment towards reducing numbers of out of school students.
Lamenting the increase in numbers of out of school children and the high rate of unemployment, he maintained that one of the laid down plan of the foundation is to organise a skill acquisition programme for the beneficiaries during their secondary school education.
While urging well meaning Nigerians to join initiatives like this, he said “the foundation is ready to partner with anyone interested in joining the foundation” and that the gathering of data on the indegents and out of school children is currently going on before the take off of the initiative in September