The Federal Government says it is putting measures in place to reduce the number of out of school children in Nigeria and called for massive campaign among stakeholders for enrolment, retention and completion of girl’s education.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed stated this at a two-day Media Dialogue Programme on Cash Transfers organised by the United Nations Children Fund in Birnin Kebbi.
Mohammed, represented by Assistant Director, Child Right Information Bureau Uche Chuta and Advocacy Unit in the ministry, said the Federal Government had introduced various child development policies including the school feeding programme to increase enrolment.
The minister noted that the issue of girls’ education was a major concern in most developing countries, and hence, must be addressed for national development.
According to him, barriers of girls education in Nigeria, particularly in the northern parts, have been identified to include a wide range of causes and not limited to poverty, early marriage, illiteracy and teenage pregnancy.