Education Minister Flags Off National Campaign On Out-of-school Children In South-west

Education Minister Flags Off National Campaign On Out-of-school Children In South-west

By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

The Minister of State for Education, Rt. Hon. Goodluck Nana Opiah has  flagged off the National campaign on Out-of-school children in the South West

Opiah who flagged off the event on Thursday in Abeokuta, Ogun State appealed to South West Governors to emulate and sustain the legacies of Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the field of education in order to rid the region of out of school children and bring development to the country.

 Opiah  asked the governors to prioritize education through increased budgetary allocations, infrastructural development and sustained public reorientation as ways of tackling the menace of out of school children.

The minister emphasized the need for Political will and total commitment, calling for all hands to be on deck in the fight to get every child on board the ship of school.

“Bring all our children on Board the ship of school” the Minister reiterated.

He pointed out that system strengthening and increased enrollment are the key goals of the campaign adding that the involvement of traditional, religious and community leaders is key to the attainment of the overall goal of eradicating out of school children.

In his keynote address at the occasion, Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun said the South West made a head start in education in Nigeria courtesy of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, adding that the Awolowo legacy will not be allowed to die, rather it will be sustained in order to bring glory to Ogun state and the Nation at large.

He extolled Awolowo legacy in education across the South West adding that as at date, Ogun State is ahead of other states of the country in terms of the number of educational institutions at all levels.

The  Ministry’s Director of  Press and Public Relations, Bem Goong in a press statement also disclosed that the minister  flagging off the same campaign in the South-South at the Bayelsa State Capital, Yenagoa on Tuesday.

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