President Muhammadu Buhari says it is a crime for parents to deny their children basic education in the country.

The President who stated this when he inaugurated the National Economic Council,  NEC for the year 2019-2023 at the Presidential Villa, Abuja also stressed the need to take very seriously and enforce very rigorously the statutory provisions on free and compulsory basic education.

Buhari noted that the first nine years of basic education were crucial for the development of any child and thus could not be toyed with.

The President urged the governors to make a firm commitment to be personally involved in ensuring that every child of school age actually goes to school throughout the crucial nine years of basic education.

He said the Federal Government on its part would strive to extend the school feeding programme which would not only encourage school enrollment but also enhance the health and learning capabilities of pupils.

He said the government would also assist states as much as possible to access the counterpart funding provided by UBEC for the development of basic education.

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