Despite prolonged closure of universities, Buhari says education is priority

Despite the continued closure of Nigerian public universities for more than three months due to labor strikes, President Muhammadu Buhari has insisted that his administration is committed to ensuring access to education for every child.

Nigerian university unions, including the University Academic Staff Union (ASUU), the Association of Senior Staff of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non-Academic Union of Allied and Educational Institutions (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) have shut down tools for months, crippling the country’s higher education activities. establishments.

They demand better funding for the university system and the well-being of their members.

Declaration of Children’s Day

In a statement to commemorate this year’s International Children’s Day, celebrated on May 27 every year, Mr Buhari said the education of the Nigerian child will remain a priority for his government.

The president said he is committed to education and will continue to work hard to ensure that every child has access to an education, “which prepares them for a bright future”.

“Other issues – health care, protection from harm, drugs, bigotry, child trafficking and abuse, domestic violence – are also receiving needed government attention,” he said in a statement from Femi. Adesina, his special adviser on media and publicity.

The statement noted that the President recognized the place of education in the development of every country.

He said Mr Buhari’s government is committed to seeing a further significant reduction in the number of out-of-school children.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is currently assessing the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria at 18.5 million.

UNICEF Kano field office chief Rahama Farah, during a training with journalists in the city, said bandit attacks in northwestern states had also worsened the situation.

The statement also quotes Mr Buhari for saying that Nigerian children deserve the best and a safe country where they can grow up, make friends, interact and travel freely, and become successful leaders in different fields. of activity.

“With our investments in infrastructure, youth development, education, information and communication technology, digital economy, culture, arts and entertainment over the past seven years, I believe we are laying a solid foundation for a better quality of life for future generations in the country,” he said.

Qosim Suleiman is a journalist at PREMIUM TIMES in partnership with report for the worldwhich pairs local newsrooms with talented emerging journalists to report on under-reported issues around the world.

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