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13m out-of-school children: Nigeria risks socio-economic disaster – minister

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed says with an estimated 13 million children currently out of school in Nigeria, the country is sitting on the precipice of a socio-economic disaster if nothing is done to reverse the trend.

Ahmed said on Tuesday it has become imperative for relevant stakeholders in the education sector to work in a coordinated manner to stop the current wave of systematic attacks on the fundamental rights of children to a safe learning environment.

The minister spoke at a dialogue tagged “Financing safe schools: Creating safe learning communities”, in Abuja.

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