The federal government of Nigeria is not taking education with levity. President Muhammadu Buhari says it is a crime for parents to deny their children basic education. Truth be told, there are many children in Nigeria today roaming the street due to several reasons. Insecurities, pregnancies and poverty are the major causes of children roaming about the street.
The President, therefore, makes this clear when he inaugurated the National Economic Council for the year 2019/2023 at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He also stressed the need to take seriously and enforce the statutory provisions on free and compulsory basic education. According to section 2 of the Compulsory Free Universal Act, it is stated that “every government in Nigeria shall provide free, compulsory and universal basic education for every child of primary and junior secondary school age.”
President Buhari says that when a government fails to provide the school teachers teaching materials necessary for basic education, it is also committing the same crime as the parents who keep his/her children out of school. He, therefore, urged state governors at the event to rise and encourage their local government chairmen in a collaborative effort to make education a must for all children. He said schools should be made to offer the right opportunities and provide the needed materials to teachers for basic education at the minimum.
The first nine years of basic education is very crucial for the development of any child, the president pointed out. This will surely help to safeguard the children from roaming the streets and protect them from all the evil influences that assail idle hands and idle maids. He also affirms that the federal government on its part would strive to extend the school feeding program. This would not only encourage school enrolment but also enhance the health and learning capabilities of pupils.