In order to absorb all of out-of-school children in Nigeria, the country require an additional 20,000 schools and 907,769 classrooms.
Ben Goong, Director, Press of the Federal Ministry of Education disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.
He said the Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC, Hammed Boboyi, gave the statistics while briefing the Minister of Education, Prof Tahir Mamman.
According to the statement, the Executive Secretary identified Infrastructural gaps, and inadequate Manpower as some of the challenges facing the Commission towards ensuring equitable access to quality basic Education by all.
Responding, the Minister of Education, Prof.Tahir Mamman said the ministry would prioritize basic Education in the Country, noted that the foundation level was the most critical segment in the sector which must be properly developed to impact positively on other sectors for National Development.
The Minister maintained that the forthcoming National Census would come out with actual figures of out of school children in the country.
Prof.Tahir called on State governments to show greater commitment towards providing counterpart funding to accelerate the development of basic education in the country.
In a remark, the Minister of State for Education, Dr. Yusuf Tanko Sununu said all hands must be on deck to ensure that Children get the desired education to prepare them as future leaders.
He noted that an Uneducated Child is a clear danger to himself and society at large, hence the need for the UBEC Chief Executive to take the struggle for counterpart funding to State Governors.
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