Ahmadu Fintiri, Governor of Adamawa State, has revealed that 100,000 children who are out of school have been identified in the state.
Governor Fintiri disclosed this during on Friday a commiseration visit to the people of Michika over recent attacks by Boko Haram on the community.
According to the governor, his administration remains committed to fulfilling its promise at its inauguration to tackle the out-of-school children challenge and provide free and compulsory education to all children in the state, particularly those from less privileged backgrounds.
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He stated that the identified children are been reintegrated into the state’s schools in batches, with the first 50,000 children already receiving free education at both primary and post-primary schools.
“This government has paid attention to education. We have made education free from primary to secondary school in the state and also ensured that the pupils receive free meals while in school. Within the last seven months, 50,000 out-of-school children re-entered our schools. We identified 100,000 out-of-school children but the administration was able to reintegrate 50,000. The remaining 50,000 will also be reintegrated,” he said.
The governor also during the visit expressed sadness over the attacks and the abduction of a Christian cleric and chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria of the state council.
He also thanked the military for their swift response which made it possible that no loss of civilian lives was recorded in the attacks.
Michael Shehu, Chairman of the Michika council, and other stakeholders that included the Michika Elders Forum, youth and religious groups, welcomed the governor, who later held separate meetings with them.