The House of Representatives is set to enroll over 14 million out-of-school Nigerian children back to school.
According to Tribune, the project is in form of an intervention through the House Committee on Alternative Education, chaired by Hon. Almustapha Ibrahim Aliyu.
It is expected to see the out-of-school children trained with relevant skills to become productive members of the society.
Aliyu reportedly said the necessary machinery had been put in place for the actualisation of the intervention as the House gets set to reconvene from its annual recess on Tuesday.
Part of the initiative is to ensure the significant reduction of poverty in the six geopolitical zones of the country.
Statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics, the North East leads in the poverty index with 71.86 percent of its population in poverty, followed by the North West with 64.84 percent, while the North-Central has 42.70 percent. Others are: South-East, 42.44%; South-South, 21.28% and South-West, 12.12%.
It was gathered that the proposed poverty reduction initiative by the House was aimed at: 4 million people from the North-East; 3.4 million from the North-West; 2.5 million from the North-Central; 3 million beneficiaries from the South-East; 2.1 million from the South-South, and 1.6 million from the South-West, respectively.
The intervention by the 10th Assembly under the leadership of the Speaker, Abbas Tajudeen, also aims at addressing public education by tackling poverty and value gaps.
In partnership with relevant government agencies, the intervention aims at improving access to education for all Nigerian children in line with the aspirations of Sustainable Development Goals on qualitative and inclusive education for all.
The project is tagged: ‘Nigeria Mass Reduction of Out-of-School Children and Youth Project’, and it is proposed to last for four years.
“It would significantly reduce the number of of out-of-school children through non-formal accelerated education system and other alternative schooling programmes,” according to Aliyu.
The government agencies that the committee is working with include the National Commission of Almajiri and out-of-school children, the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education and the National Commission for Nomadic Education.
The Committee is also working assiduously to ensure that 16.5 million Nigerians are lifted out of poverty, which will ensure the return of out-of-school children to schools.
Aliyu said already, the Committee had several engagements with the relevant agencies in the past week with favourable responses from them.