Girls account for 7.6m out of 18m out-of-school children in Nigeria - Obi

Peter Obi, the Labour Party Presidential Candidate in the 2023 general elections, has called on Nigerians to ensure more enrollment of girls in schools at all levels, stating that nearly eight million out of the 18 million out-of-school children are girls, adding that 50% of girls don’t attend school at the basic level.

Obi adds that addressing this problem will go a long way in raising a generation of productive women who will contribute to the peace, progress, and development of the nation.

He said this in a post on X, in celebration of International Women’s Day today.

“Education remains the greatest empowerment for all, especially our women. Sadly, the poor female school enrollment in Nigeria has remained a source of worry. UNICEF reports that 50% of Nigerian girls are not attending school at the basic level, which is the most important, with girls accounting for about 7.6 million of the about 18 million out-of-school children in the country,” the former Anambra State governor said.

Obi has been vocal about the importance of women in nation-building, and it all starts with empowering them with knowledge at a young age, then later empowering them with skills to compete in the business world.


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