The federal government has called on the World Bank to assist Nigeria in reducing the number of out-of-school children from 10 to 5 million by the year 2023.
The government said the reduction was in line with the goal of the regime of President, Muhammadu Buhari in ensuring that Nigerian children have access to qualitative education, irrespective of their economic backgrounds.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, stated this in Abuja, yesterday when he played host to a World Bank delegation led by its Country director, Shubham Chawdry.
Adamu, in a statement by the ministry expressed discomfort at the number of out-of-school children in the country.
The minister said that the federal government was keen on reducing the number in addition to improving the standard of education in the country.
He said that the Education Ministry was currently working with the World Bank on projects aimed at encouraging children back to school, particularly in the area of increased enrollment of the girl-child.
The statement said, “While commending the World Bank on its commitment to the development of the nation’s educational sector, Adamu expressed government’s readiness for carryout result oriented interventions that will tackle obstacles and thus, eradicate the out-of-school children phenomenon.”