‘FG should intensify efforts in educating indigent children’

A non-governmental organisation, People Empowerment and Educational Foundation (PEEF), has called on the federal government to initiate a programme that would further take care of the educational needs of indigent children.

The president of the group, Mr Femi Oluwasanmi, made the call while celebrating this year’s Children’s Day with the indigent children living under the bridge at a motor park in Arepo, Ogun State, recently.

He said government would need to live up to its constitutional responsibility of giving effective free basic education the citizenry as stipulated in Section 18 (3) of the 1999 Nigeria’s Constitution.

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Oluwasanmi, in a statement made available to newsmen, said if government had enforced free basic education policy, the country would not have been experiencing high level of insecurity as it is today, especially in the northern part of Nigeria.

He noted that for there to be adequate security and sustainable peace and speedy development in the country, government would need to invest hugely in the education sector.

He said a declaration of a state of emergency in the nation’s educational sector by the government is nothing if it is not translated to a reality.

Oluwasanmi, however, sympathised with parents of the remaining Chibok girls in the custody of the Boko Haram, calling on government to find a speedy way of rescuing the children.