The Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance, and other Financial Institutions, Senator Uba Sani, on Monday, lamented that education in the North was in a serious crisis.
The senator, representing Kaduna Central at the National Assembly, said there was the urgent need for the political leaders of the region to rise and arrest the situation without further delay.
The lawmaker argued that failure to proffer urgent solution to the crisis would not only amount to mortgaging the future of the northern youths but stunting the development of the region.
He called on the northern political elite to work towards proper funding and ensuring qualitative education for children from the region.
The senator spoke at the maiden edition of the award of scholarship to 175 brilliant but indigent final year secondary school pupils preparing for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination by the ‘Uba Sani Foundation. It held in Bafra Hotel, Kaduna on Monday.
Sani noted that the foundation’s choice of education for its intervention was deliberate and strategic because “education in the North is in a serious crisis.”
He explained that the scholarship scheme was designed to assist brilliant children of the poor and vulnerable, who might not be able to continue their educational pursuit owing to their parents’ inability to meet the demands “for registration fees for examinations, tuition and other important materials needed for their study.”
He added that more worrisome was “a recent survey conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund which indicates that the population of out-of-school children in Nigeria has risen from 10.5 million to 13.2 million, the highest in the world. Most of the children are out of school while some have never been to school.
“This is quite disturbing and must worry all of us who still care for the North and Nigeria in general.”
The lawmaker insisted that for the North to leap forward in terms of development, the regional leaders must undertake the funding of education and make it work for the good of the region and, by extension, the country.