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Adeyemi Adejoke
Ebonyi State University (EBSU)
400Level, Nigeria.
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The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) chairman, Dr Ganiyu Sopeyin, has promised support for out-of-school children through the Out-of-School Children Empowerment Foundation (OSCEF), a non governmental organisation (NGO) that gets streets children back into the classrooms.

At a meeting at the SUBEB office in Maryland, with OSCEF founder Mr Akeem Kelani, and director of programmes, Miss Oluwaseyi Ariyo, Sopeyin lamented the lack of sufficient data to reflect the true population of out-of-school children roaming the streets of Lagos.

He faulted claims that there were no out-of-school children in Lagos State.

“The data gathering would lead to provision of the much needed infrastructure and would also challenge the misleading release by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) that there are no out- of-school children in Lagos,” he said.

The SUBEB chairman spoke of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s concern about changing the lot of out of school children. He promised to leverage this to provide the needed support for the out-of-school children.

“Mobile education and home tracing are instruments that must be employed in this project, we would collaborate with members of National Youth Service Corps to make this work,” Dr Sopeyin said.

He also praised OSCEF for the laudable work it has been doing, which include the enrolment of out-of-school children picked from Ikeja Army Cantonment and enrolled in the 9th Brigade Primary School; coordinating mobile education and community engagement activities.

He, however, promised to change the ugly trend of school children roaming the streets through his office.

Kelani said the foundation would work with the School Based Management Committee (SBMC) to achieve its aim.

“We have plans to work with the School Based Management Committee to achieve this,” Kelani said.

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