The #BringBackOurGirls group says the education sector deserves emergency attention so that the nation would avoid an imminent social conflagration and econo-industrial stagnation.
In a press briefing signed by leaders of the group, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, Aisha Yesufu and Hadiza Bala Usman, in remembrance of the 29 school boys who were killed by the Boko Haram sect in their dormitory at the Federal Government college, Buni Yadi, Yobe State in 2014, the group stated that the education sector was a major tool that can deliver the prosperous future that the nation wants.
“Our society must see and accept that one of the surest ways out of the primitivism, poverty and the attendant hopelessness that aided the emergence of the misguided insurgents in the Northeast is the rejuvenation and revival of the comatose educational systems in the country.
“The responsibility to educate our children and ensure that all of them acquire an education to develop human capital which is our key and most important resource is non-negotiable, and is on the Nigerian society,” it said.
The group lamented the insecurity in schools leading to killing and kidnap of innocent children who were only in school to learn.
“The federal government must take the lead with political will and an improved framework that not only secures our children and the lives of every stakeholder, from the parents to the teachers, many of whom have also become victims, but ultimately ensures education never stops for every child. Education and our liberties are under attack. This must be seen as a new mandate: Education Must Continue no matter the tragedy!
“The implementation of the objects and goals of the Safe Schools Initiative must, as a matter of urgency, be moved off the drawing boards, dusty shelves and selective deployment approach unto achievable action-driven and verifiable timelines.
“The education sector deserves emergency attention, if we must avoid an imminent social conflagration and econo-industrial stagnation. The sector is a major tool that can deliver the prosperous future that we dream and aspire for our great country Nigeria,” it said.