School kidnappings worsening education in Northern Nigeria – Lawan

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Senate President Ahmad Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has lamented the rising spate of school kidnappings in the North, which has worsened education in the region.

He also urged leaders to encourage productivity among youths to enable them contribute meaningfully to national development.

Lawan, according to a statement by his Special Assistant (Press), Ezrel Tabiowo, in Abuja, made the call at the weekend.

The Senate President however assured that the situation is reversible with all hands on deck.

Speaking on the security situation, Lawan said school children in the north are deprived of education, particularly the girl child, as a result of persistent abductions by armed bandits.

He, however, assured that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would continue to do all in its power with the support of the National Assembly to reverse the spate of insecurity across Nigeria.

The Senate President added insecurity is a challenge that must be prioritised and tackled jointly by all tiers of government for results to be realised.

He said: “In northern Nigeria, education has always been a problem and it is making it worse with this kind of abduction of students either in Islamiya school or normal secondary school or even in tertiary institutions like it happened in Afaka in Kaduna State, and I believe we should continue to fight this kind of insurgency, for us to restore normalcy in our country, for our country to make progress.”

The Senate President, while charging youths to ensure the preservation of the country’s diverse cultural heritage through expressive means, explained that doing so would in turn preserve its traditional values against extinction from the overwhelming external influence of technology.