Former Osun State Deputy Governor Ms. Titilayo Laoye-Tomori has sounded the alarm that the growing number of out-of-school children in the country is a breeding ground for terrorists, bandits, drug addicts and all kinds of prohibited behavior. is currently hurting the nation.
Laoye-Tomori revealed this during the Sixth Distinguished Lecture Series at Mountain Top University (MTU), founded by Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Worldwide, Magboro in Ogun State.
The former Deputy Governor, who was the featured speaker for the 2022 MTU Distinguished Lecture Series, in her lecture titled: “Education, Technology and National Development,” urged federal and state governments to prioritize proactive action to face the threat headlong before it spirals out of control.
According to the former state education commissioner, it is now imperative that Nigeria takes urgent and pragmatic action to stem the rising number of out-of-school children in the country.
She particularly pointed to the fact that the number of out-of-school children has risen from around 10 million in 2014 to more than 13.5 million in 2019, saying that a nation that does not prioritize human capital development cannot truly aspire to be counted among the developed nations of the world.
Laoye-Tomori said, “It is more imperative than ever that Nigeria takes urgent and pragmatic action to remove the negative label imposed on it as the headquarters of out-of-school children and the poverty capital of the world. “Rather than decreasing, the number of out-of-school children has increased from around 10 million in 2014 to over 13.5 million in 2019.
The growing number of out-of-school children provides a fertile recruiting ground for terrorists, bandits, drug addicts and all sorts of illegal misconduct who now hunt our nation and all citizens.
“Therefore, as a top priority, federal and state governments must proactively address this threat and eliminate the derogatory perception of our nation. Most importantly, government at all levels should address the high level of national insecurity that currently plagues our country.