By Emmanuel Elebeke
The Federal Government has expressed its readiness to intensify efforts in addressing the menace of out-of-school children in the country.
The move was sequel to the call made by two civil society groups, Connected Development and FlexiSAF Foundation on Federal Government to urgently tackle the accelerating number of out-of-school children in Nigeria.
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In a statement from the CSOs on Tuesday made available to Vanguard, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, acknowledged a lack of factual data in the country as a stumbling block to planning and stated that in the last four years, the Ministry had worked with partners to find empirical means of getting the actual figures right and devise the best ways of reducing the number of out-of-school children to the barest minimum.