The Minister of humanitarian affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiyya Farouq, has said that Nigeria tops the list of out-of-school children in the world.
She said the alarming figure informed the decision of the Federal Government to set up a committee that would develop plans to address the challenges.
Speaking at the inaugural meeting of the National Steering Committee on Alternate School Programme, (ASP), in Abuja on Monday, Farouq, who is the co-chairperson of the committee explained that the committee would come up with plans that would help reduce the number of children who are currently out of school.
She added that the children would be provided with quality basic education and skills in special settings that are not addressed in a conventional school system.
In a statement issued by her Special Adviser on Media, Nneka Anibeze, the minister said the Alternate School Programme is aimed at eliminating or substantially reducing illiteracy, child-begging, and foster tolerance, unity, and integration of all children with diverse backgrounds.
The Committee is made up of 17-people and it is co-chaired by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.