Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, Bamidele Salam is advocating a minimum of 15% of the national budget for the education sector.
According to the lawmaker, “no nation can expect to accelerate development and growth with 13.5 million out-of-school children”.
He made his position known at the National Children Leadership Conference (Abuja 2023) with the Theme: “Rebuilding Nigerian Through Investment in Children’s Education, Welfare and Security’’.
The programme which was part of the activities to commemorate this year’s 2023 Universal Children’s Day was organised by Children of Africa Leadership and Values Development Initiative (CALDEV).
Mr Salami observed that the federal government must be proactive in addressing insecurity in schools which, he said, is adding to the number of out-of-school children in the country.
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts however called on stakeholders; government, civil societies, communities, religious bodies to cooperate in order to get out-of-school children to school.
FRCN Abuja/Adetutu Adetule