The House of Representatives has passed for second reading a bill to establish a commission to tackle out-of-school children, particularly the Almajiri.
The bill, sponsored by Shehu Kakale and 18 others, was debated on Wednesday and passed. Leading the debate on the bill, Kakale disclosed that the commission will have the mandate to provide for a multimodal system of education to tackle the menace of illiteracy, help in skill acquisition and entrepreneurship programmes, and prevent youth poverty, delinquency and destitution.
The speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, in his contribution, argued that the bill is in line with the commitment of the 9th House to education.
However, reps member, Ikegbonju Gboluka (representing Okitipupa/Irele Federal Constituency in Ondo State) faulted the focus on Almajiri, he argued that it should have covered all out-of-school children.