By Olubusuyi Adenipekun
The Police Officers Wivesâ€™ Association (POWA) is worried about the rising number of children of school age in the nationâ€™s police barracks who are currently out of school as well as the non-challant attitude of government to special needs children.
According to the president of the association, Mrs. Stella Onovo, some of the activities and programmes being carried out nationwide by the Universal Basic Educational (UBEC), may elude many police barracks in the country, with the effect of leaving may children of police families out of the universal basic education programme.
Onovo dropped this hint during a visit to UBEC headquarters. Explaining that her visit to UBEC was informed by the fact that the commission has, over the years, been the torch bearer of Universal Basic Education, UBE, progamme in line with the National Policy of Education.
According to her, POWA wants UBEC to support it in building schools in some police barracks as well as the posting of participants in the Federal Teachers Scheme to police schools.
POWA, says Onovo, places special emphasis on educating the girl child, stressing that educating children in the police barracks helps to reduce poverty and promote gender equality.
According to a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of UBE, David Apeh, the management of the commission assured the POWA president of their readiness to collaborate with any non-governmental, organisation to get the Nigerian children of school age out of the street; and also to attend to children with special needs.
Prof. Charles Onocha, UBEC Deputy Executive Secretary, who represented the Executive Secretary, Dr. Ahmed Modibbo Mohammed said that as the world moves towards achieving the second goal of the Millennium Development Goals by year 2015, the commission will do its best to ensure that Nigeria is not left behind.