Se­na­tor Sani seeks end to North ed­u­ca­tion cri­sis

The Punch - - NEWS - God­win Isenyo, Kaduna

THE Chair­man, Se­nate Com­mit­tee on bank­ing, In­sur­ance, and other Fi­nan­cial In­sti­tu­tions, Se­na­tor Uba Sani, on Mon­day, lamented that ed­u­ca­tion in the North was in a se­ri­ous cri­sis.

The se­na­tor, rep­re­sent­ing Kaduna Cen­tral at the Na­tional As­sem­bly, said there was the ur­gent need for the po­lit­i­cal lead­ers of the re­gion to rise and ar­rest the sit­u­a­tion with­out fur­ther de­lay.

The law­maker ar­gued that fail­ure to prof­fer ur­gent so­lu­tion to the cri­sis would not only amount to mort­gag­ing the fu­ture of the north­ern youths but stunt­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion.

He called on the north­ern po­lit­i­cal elite to work to­wards proper fund­ing and en­sur­ing qual­i­ta­tive ed­u­ca­tion for chil­dren from the re­gion.

The se­na­tor spoke at the maiden edi­tion of the award of scholarshi­p to 175 bril­liant but indi­gent fi­nal year se­condary school pupils pre­par­ing for the West African Se­nior School Cer­tifi­cate Ex­am­i­na­tion by the ‘Uba Sani Foun­da­tion. It held in bafra Ho­tel, Kaduna on Mon­day.

Sani noted that the foun­da­tion’s choice of ed­u­ca­tion for its in­ter­ven­tion was de­lib­er­ate and strate­gic be­cause “ed­u­ca­tion in the North is in a se­ri­ous cri­sis.”

He ex­plained that the scholarshi­p scheme was de­signed to as­sist bril­liant chil­dren of the poor and vul­ner­a­ble, who might not be able to con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tional pur­suit ow­ing to their par­ents’ in­abil­ity to meet the de­mands “for reg­is­tra­tion fees for ex­am­i­na­tions, tu­ition and other im­por­tant ma­te­ri­als needed for their study.”

He added that more wor­ri­some was “a re­cent sur­vey con­ducted by the

United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund which in­di­cates that the pop­u­la­tion of out-of-school chil­dren in Nige­ria has risen from 10.5 mil­lion to 13.2 mil­lion, the high­est in the world. Most of the chil­dren are out of school while some have never been to school.

“This is quite dis­turb­ing and must worry all of us who still care for the North and Nige­ria in gen­eral.”

The law­maker in­sisted that for the North to leap for­ward in terms of de­vel­op­ment, the re­gional lead­ers must un­der­take the fund­ing of ed­u­ca­tion and make it work for the good of the re­gion and, by ex­ten­sion, the coun­try.

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