Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, says the population of out of school children in the North is disheartening.
Mrs Buhari, who said this during the inauguration of her project, Future Assured Youth Education and Empowerment Programme, which would train 750 young persons in Adamawa, said the situation requires government’s urgent attention.
She added that the case is most disheartening in the Northern States where insurgency, poverty and our socio-cultural norms are worsening by the day.
She however stated that education deprivation in Northern Nigeria was driven by factors such as economic barriers and socio-cultural norms and practices that discourage attendance in formal education, especially for girls.
Mrs Buhari, who was represented by Dr Abba Tahir, Vice-President American University of Nigeria, Yola, called for sustained actions to tackle the phenomenon of out-of-school children in the country.
She concluded that all development issues are interrelated and unless we figure out ways of addressing the causes in education, health, agriculture and economic empowerment, holistically, we may never create a balance in our development.