Nigeria-British Business Forum Education Committee Chair Ibironke Adeagbo urged the Nigerian government to swiftly tap into the $ 4 billion education fund raised at the upcoming World Education Summit. to end, in London.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), attended the summit from July 28-29, which was also attended by world leaders, including the British Prime Minister, Mr Boris Johnson, and the President of Kenya, Mr. Uhuru Kenyetta.
The World Education Summit aimed to raise approximately $ 5 billion for the Global Partnership for Education to help 175 million children around the world gain access to education.
Adeagbo, who is also the managing director of the international charity IA-Foundation, made the appeal on Wednesday in an interview with the Nigerian news agency in Abuja.
She said Nigeria should draw on the fund as a matter of urgency, to boost phase one education and, more importantly, use the fund to secure schools in ungoverned Nigerian communities currently under siege by bandits and gangsters. kidnappers.
Commending the federal government for securing the release of 15 more children from Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna State, Adeagbo praised the government for securing the release of the children.
On August 22, the President of the Kaduna State Branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Reverend John Hayab, announced the release of 15 more children, relieving anxious parents after 48 days of suspense following the kidnapping of their children.
Sixty-five students from the school were torn from their school on July 5 in yet another agonizing kidnapping episode in northwest Nigeria – an event that traumatized many in Nigeria, the country most populated by Africa.
Adeagbo said IA-Foundation is anxiously awaiting the release of other children still in captivity to join their families and resume normal college life to fulfill their life dreams.
The child rights activist, however, suggested that the government shut down all schools in ungoverned communities in Nigeria, especially in areas where the bandits had been active.
She described the persistent kidnappings of schoolchildren in Nigeria as heartbreaking, arguing that the government should seek help from anywhere to overcome the current security challenges in the country.
The chartered account, who has served as a non-executive director of various UK charities, lamented the bandit attack on communities in parts of Nigeria, saying development has put the future of the younger generation of Nigerians at risk.
Adeagbo established IA-Foundation in January 2019 to tackle the problem of the estimated 13 million out-of-school children in Nigeria.
She has engaged with the federal government to find a lasting solution to the out-of-school crisis with the aim of giving hope to millions of children who do not have the opportunity to go to school.