By Nasir Kura
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has berated the northern governors over their attitude towards the growing number of out-of -school children in the zone.
Rising from its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Wednesday, the forum lamented the attitude of the governors towards the issue of education in the north.
The statement signed by Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, ACF National Publicity Secretary, also called on the Federal Government to work out an appropriate measures to tackle the growing insecurity in the country.
“On the issue of more than 10 million children that are out of school in the North, the Council noted with concern the increase in the number of Almajiris and children roaming the streets and the unfortunate attitude of our state governors towards the development of education.
“Recently, the Emirs and Chiefs in the North organized a conference on this burning issue where it discussed and issued a communiqué on how the Northern States should tackle the situation. Unfortunately, very few states attended the Conference or even sent representatives.
“Furthermore, the Minister of Education recently lamented the attitude of states government to access funds at the Universal Basic Education Commission for primary education development by paying their counterpart funding.”
According to ACF: “This is an unfortunate development. Council therefore appealed to the Northern state governments to seriously address this out-of-school children menace to avoid further escalation of insecurity and other vices that have bedeviled the North; Illiteracy, poverty and drug abuse are a result of poor education and nonchalant attitude of our leaders to good governance.”