The National Youth Council of Nigeria in partnership with voluntarily organisations in Sokoto State, have urged the President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and others to hasten the enactment of the Almajiri Education Bill into law.
The NCYN Chairman, Sokoto State chapter, Malam Yakubu Abubakar, made the call at a joint press conference on Sunday in Sokoto.
Abubakar along with others appealed for the passage of the Almajiri Education and Out of School Children Bill 2023 which was initiated and sponsored by Rep. Balarabe Kakale (PDP Sokoto) along with 17 other lawmakers.
He said the bill when passed into law would ensure the government provides a multimodal system of education that would tackle the menace of illiteracy, develop skill acquisition and entrepreneurship programmes.
According to him, the efforts would prevent youth poverty, delinquency and destitution as well as related ills in Nigeria.
”We urge the Senate to give the bill speedy passage, Mr President to assent as soon as it gets to Presidency.
”We are also calling on the Federal Government to engage Nigerian youths in the implementation of the law.
”NYCN urges state governments especially northern states to domestic the law in their respective states,” Abubakar said.
The groups commended Buhari for assenting the Nigeria Start Bill and stakeholders involved in providing the constitutional establishment of the Start-Up Act 2022 which supports youths and entrepreneurs.
Participants commended Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State for sending an executive bill on Almajiri education to the state Assembly.
Speaking in a goodwill message, the District Head of Gagi, Alhaji Sani Umar-Jabbi, described the moves as timely on proper direction in recognition with the present happenings in the country.
Umar-Jabbi attributed the rising cases of out of school children to poverty, parental neglects, poor adherence to family planning, population upsurge, misconceptions, insecurity and others.