NigeriaAt59: Lagos lawmaker warns on growing rate of out-of-school children

Chief Whip, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Rotimi Abiru, has called on all stakeholders across the three tiers of government to urgently address the high number of out- of- school children in the country, warning that the country’s future was bleak should stakeholders pretend that all was well now.

Abiru representing Shomolu Constituency 2 said this while speaking in commemoration of the 59th Independence Anniversary of the country, stating that though Nigeria had a cause to celebrate her long years of self-rule, there was a need for citizens to be worried about the country’s future.

“The rate at which children drop out of school across the country is alarming and calls for urgent attention in order to save the future of this great country. We must be very worried about our future,” he warned.

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“But if we as stakeholders ignore the education of our children and pretend that all is well, then we are moving our liability forward,” he further warned.

The lawmaker stressed that education brings development to any society and guarantees the future of a nation, saying that parents must be encouraged to give primary and secondary education to their wards and whoever failed to do so should be made to face serious punishment.

Abiru congratulated all Nigerians on the occasion of 59th Independence Anniversary, assuring that “there is hope in our unity if we maintain the peaceful coexistence among us.”