Mallam Adamu Adamu, former Education Minister, has stated that the figure of out-of-school children across the country now stands at over sixteen million.
Mallam Adamu, who is among the ministerial nominees submitted to the Senate for screening and confirmation, made this known while answering questions from the Senators on Wednesday.
The awaiting nominee made it known to the Senate that the 16 million figures was based on the February 2019 census.
He noted that out-of-primary-school children stood at ten million, while that of secondary school stood at six million.
Adamu blamed the high number on poor funding of education in Nigeria by states and the Federal Government and also stated that it seems that more Nigerians are now corrupt despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign.
However, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, stated that the legislature and the executive arm of government should work together to get the children back to school.
“It is our responsibility to get these children out of the streets. The Senate and the executive need to work together to get these children back to the classroom.
“We can’t continue to have them on our streets. It poses a serious security problem and we need to stop it. Maybe that will be through more budgetary allocation,” Lawan stated.