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Hon. Akinwunmi Olaitan leads a debate, seeks implementation of free education for Nigerian children

AKINWUNMI OLAITAN
Written by Ridwan Adelaja

In a bid to sit herself among nations with well structured educational system and remove millions of street roaming young children who cannot afford to go to school, Africa’s largest economy country (Nigeria) through her lawmakers is on the road to change the narrative of the country’s poor educational standard by the implementation of promising youth development oriented projects and policies.

Going in line with government’s agenda to facilitate real time and sustainable solutions to Nigeria’s problems, and the struggle to redeem the country in the shortest time possible, the House of Representatives has, to this effect, lend a voice, again, urging the Federal government to roll her sleeves and commence the implementation of free and compulsory education for primary and secondary school children.

Press recently reported that lawmaker Akinwunmi Olaitan (APC, Lagos), who moved this motion for the adoption before the house lamented the shocking reality of the number of out-of-school children, which according to available statistics from Unicef, has been accorded a devastating figure of 10.5 million across states of the country. The community and youth development driven lawmaker, Akinwunmi Olaitan representing Ifako-Ijaye Federal Constituency, called for instant actions from the government to salvage the worrisome situation.

Speaking on the same motion, lawmaker Jimoh Olajide (APC, Lagos), according to a publication in the Nation Newspaper, regretted that an International Labour Conference, held in Geneva, Switzerland in 2016  declared that Nigeria is one of the 10 countries in the world accounting for the majority of children deprived of access to education.

However, when this implementation takes full effect, Nigeria will clean the street off roaming and hawking school-age children, and secure for them a brighter future. It is against this background that the House urged the Federal government to invest more in teacher’s training and improve on student/teacher ratio while not forgetting to develop more on the country’s educational infrastructure.

Still with the country’s educational sector in focus, House Committee on Basic Education and Services, during the hearing session, was immediately mandated to take a critical look into the issue and come up with efficient and sustainable solutions.

According to Hon. Olaitan, as quoted by press, inadequate provisions for public funded schools have greatly influenced the increasing rate of insurgency in the country. The lawmaker in his argument noted that the implication of this on national development is an unstoppable increase in crime rate, economy degradation and exacerbating security issues which will sooner or later hamper social wellbeing and impede national growth alongside general economic progress.

“The implications of this on our national development will increase crime rate, worsen the economy, exacerbate security issues and sooner, rather than later the social consequence may consume us as the multiplier effect of this in future is better imagined.

“It it worrisome that Nigeria in recent times has witnessed an unprecedented level of insecurity which has made national security threat to be a major issue for government and has prompted huge allocation of the national budget to security. This state of anxiety has further increased the rate of out-of-school children.

“It is equally disturbing that with the lingering security challenges and inability of the security apparatus of government to guarantee safety and security in the country, the question that bothers everyone in Nigeria today is can there be security?” the lawmaker from Lagos submitted.

HOUSE OF REP

A cross section of members of the House of Representatives.

Accepting to look into the matter with special attention, the Nation Newspaper reported that the “motion was unanimously adopted after it was put to a voice vote by Speaker Yakubu Dogara”. It is therefore hoped that through this call by Hon. Akinwunmi Olaitan the narrative will turn around, and Nigeria can experience a shift from old ways and witness a positive education revolution towards the great Nigeria of every Nigerian’s dream.

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