Governor Douye Diri, has said an estimated two hundred and fifty thousand out-of-school children in Bayelsa State was alarming.
Governor Diri speaking in Yenagoa, Bayelsa capital, during the launch of a national campaign on out-of-school children organized by the Ministry of Education, therefore charged parents, traditional rulers and community leaders to synergize with government to ensure a reversal of the situation.
The Governor said his administration would ensure that education is accessible to every child of school age in the state and urged parents and community leaders to encourage their wards to enroll in schools.
He said government has continued to support free primary and secondary education with the purchase of uniforms and other instructional materials and lamented the number of out-of-school children in the state despite an existing law to check the menace.
The State Chief Executive, who also implored relevant ministries to ensure that the law was publicized and implemented to the letter, reminded the House of Assembly on its oversight laws to ensure implementation.
Governor Diri commended the Federal Ministry of Education for bringing the campaign to Bayelsa, saying the people of the state and Niger Delta region will benefit from the initiative.
In a remark, Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Nanah-Opiah, said education was a collective responsibility and called on stakeholders to join forces to eradicate the menace of out-of-school children in the interest of the country.
He said the Federal Ministry of Education has put in place mechanisms to ensure education is accessible to children of school age and appealed for continue to prioritize education.
The Minister lauded Bayelsa government for its investment in the education sector, urging it not to relent.
Earlier, when he received the Minister in his office, Governor Diri called on the federal government to establish more tertiary institutions in the state to enhance and expand the frontiers of education.
He also urged the federal government to release its share of educational counterpart funds to the state.