By G9ija

The Sultan of Sokoto, HE Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, traditional and religious leaders from across Africa, have convened at a hotel in the Federal Capital Territory to discuss keeping girls in school and learning.

UNICEF Nigeria took to its Twitter page on Monday, January 14, to make the disclosure. The event is said to be taking place at the Nico Luxury Hotel in Abuja.

A letter from our Editor-in-Chief Bayo Olupohunda See tweet below: Recall that a survey by the United Nations revealed that the number of Nigerian kids who were out of school rose from 10.5 million to 13.2 million, the highest in the world.

According to report, the children are in Nigeria’s northern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa where Boko Haram insurgency has paralysed academic activities. Most of the children were out of school while some had never been to school before.

Expressing her worries about the future of her kids, one of the mothers, Favour Shikaan, said lack of financial capability forced her children out of school. She said: “They are four in number and… two are going to school.

The other one is small actually, but even though she’s small, she has grown to the stage whereby she can go to school if not the financial…like the two that are going to transport from here to Approve resettlement everyday is not easy because there’s no money due to our economy today.”

Shikaan said she left Borno state for Abuja with her kids due to the Boko Haram insurgency. She added that out of her four kids, she could only send only two to schools.

United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) said Nigeria was losing out on a literate and skilled workforce it needs to grow economically due to a huge number of out-of-school children.

The deputy representative, UNICEF Nigeria, Pernille Ironside, stated this in Kaduna on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at the opening of a two-day Northern Nigeria Traditional Leaders Conference (NNTLC) on out-of-school children.

The conference was organised by the federal ministry of education, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), National Commission for Mass Education and Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development (NCMESFPD) in collaboration with UNICEF.