‘30% Nigerian Children Out Of School In North-East’

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Former Commandant, Infantry Corps Centre, Jaji, Major-General Mohammed Isa (rtd) has lamented the security situation in Nigeria saying over 30 per cent of school-age children in the North-east are out of school as a result of the security situation in that part of the country.

Gen. Isa, who was retired from the Nigerian Army in a controversial circumstance following last year’s bombings at the Army formation in Jaji, said the insecurity in that part of the country had discouraged investors from investing in the country.

The former commandant, who spoke yesterday in Kaduna at a conference organized by the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Kaduna Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), added that no investors would invest in a place where there is insecurity of lives and property.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Vice President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Issa Aremu decried what he described as lack of ideological base for the nation’s political parties.

The NLC Vice President, observed that the Second Republic political parties were more focused because of their tangible programmes for the development of the country, noting that,  “In those days, the UPN stood for free education, the NPN stood for houses, the PRP stood for redemption for the poor while the GNPP stood for politics without bitterness.”

In his paper entitled ‘Nigeria’s Economy in the 21st Century: A Determinant for 2015 Elections,’ Aremu also lamented the current infighting among the political parties.

He said the disagreement within the parties was not based on issues that will lead to the development of the country.

Hear him:  “The disagreement is not about bad roads, electricity, closed factories or massive unemployment.”