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Nomadic Children Fuel Insurgency In Nigeria -NCNE Scribe

Posted: Sep 14, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Juliet Oyoyo Kaduna

The Executive Secretary, National Commission for Nomadic Education, (NCNE), Professor Rashid Aderinoye, has said that the high number of out of school nomadic children is a great threat to the issue of insecurity, particularly, insurgency.

Speaking on Thursday during a one-day annual meeting and capacity development workshop for field level extension staff, community leaders, NCNE staff and  other  stakeholders held in Kaduna State, Aderinoye said that the purpose of the meeting was for the effective implementation of the nomadic education programme.

According to him, the workshop had participants drawn from 22 states of the federation and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.    

He further explained that Nigeria has about 4 million out of school nomadic children, whose communities are threatened by insurgency due to incessant conflicts, rural banditry and cattle rustling leading to loss of lives and properties in these communities.

Though, NCNE has recorded remarkable achievements in the nomadic education programme, it still needs the stakeholder to rededicate themselves to achieve its ultimate goal, he said.

“The nomadic education programme has also witnessed increase in enrolment in primary and adult literacy education and, pastoralists have continued to build and rehabilitate schools”.

Teachers and literacy instructors have continued to receive the support of parents, especially in the provision of accommodations and means of transportation.  These positive developments are undoubtedly attributed to the commendable collective efforts of our extension agents and community leaders in the field”.

“I wish to call on all of us to rededicate ourselves to improving the dwindling fortunes of the nomads as we still have over four million out of school nomadic children and their communities are increasing faced with daunting challenges of climate change, incessant conflicts, insurgency, rural banditry, animal diseases and cattle rustling leading to loss of lives, properties, abandonment of schools and infrastructure due to migration to safer areas”.

Speaking further, the NCNE Executive Secretary stated that, “Extension workers need training and re-training if they are to carry out their duties effectively. The need to continuously up-date your capacities is a great concern to the commission. This is because of the significant roles you play in the improvement of the living conditions of the nomadic pastoralists.

Aderinoye further stressed that, “to the community leaders, they are the custodians of our clientele and play a central role in the planning and implementation process of the programme at all levels”.

In his welcome address, Mohamed El-Nafaty, Director of the Department of Social Mobilization and Outreach, stated that, “it is in recognition of the crucial roles being played by the extension agents in the implementation of the Nomadic education programme that the commission organized the training workshop in order to up-date their knowledge and skills and also address the field based challenges”.

The Director, DSMO urged extension agents to see the workshop as a milestone in their professional development as the workshop is expected to make them more effective in the discharge of their duties.