Nigeria’s Minister Finance, Budget and National Planning Zainab Ahmed has said the education of the country’s children is an investment in the economy.
The minister also called on parents not to withdraw their children from school in spite of the growing insecurity in the country as the education of their children was the right investment to make.
Ms Ahmed stated this on Tuesday in the nation’s capital Abuja at a high-level dialogue and well-thought-out gathering titled “Financing Safe Schools: Creating Safe Learning Communities.”
The dialogue is basically aimed at cultivating strategies to finance safe schools nationwide.
The new move is propelled by the recent abduction of students in some schools in the North-west, North-east and North-central geo-political zones.
“We need to convince parents that they must not withdraw their parents from school,” the minister said.
“… The education of our children is an investment that we must make because it is an investment in the economy and it is the right Investment.”
The Safe School Initiative was launched in 2014 following the abduction of 276 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State.
The minister had on Sunday in a statement said the federal government is looking to impact education and create safe learning communities across the country.
She noted that the federal government alongside other stakeholders, wished to redouble efforts to achieve a safe school environment so that Nigeria’s next generation could flourish and contribute to productive economies and societies.
By Abel Ejikeme