L-R — Mr. Lawal Rasheed, Assistant Director, Statistics; Mr. Ogun Jonathan, Deputy Director, Statistics; Mr. Ibrahim Obajomo, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Lagos State, Mrs. Akeju Tawakalitu, Chief Statistician and Mr. Olowu Peter, Director, Statistics, at the One-Day field training of coordinators, supervisors and enumerators for the “Out of School Children Survey”.

Lagos State Government renewed its commitment to ensuring education is accessible to every child irrespective of socio-economic class or environment, to guarantee a better and secure future for the children.

A survey program, targeted towards out-of-school children to upscale efforts in bringing the sustained obligation into action will commence on Tuesday, 20th of December, 2022.

Speaking at the weekend during a One-Day Training for Coordinators, Supervisors, and Field Officers on the Out-of-School Children survey, Mr. Ibrahim Obajomo, the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, enjoined all on the essential of the data that would be generated in this exercise and how beneficial it would be in returning children to the classroom all over the Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas in the State.

The Permanent Secretary encouraged all the survey officers as he explained how rigorous the exercise would be and the need for data accuracy to reflect the key challenges.
He said: “Lack of finance and other sociocultural factors are some of the reasons our children are out of school. Hence, the need for this survey so we can effectively plan and activate programs that will take our children back to school.

“We do not want them becoming a problem to themselves and the society at large. Thus, as you all go out there and conduct this survey, it will in the long run help to tell us about each constituency, ward, and the challenges they face.

“Please do your due diligence. When you talk about data, every piece of it is essential, every detail gathered is instrumental to planning. We have seen the challenges and there is light at the end of the tunnel. We want to put our children back to school and the data will let us know the numbers and this will better help policy formulation geared towards education in the State.”
The Out-of-School Children Survey will be carried out in all LGAs/LCDAs of the State and will focus on Households, Streets, Market Places, Car Parks, Rehabilitation Homes, Orphanages, and other Institutions.

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