Lagos State government has embarked on public enlightenment campaigns to educate school drop outs, on the need to go back to school to complete their education for a better future. Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Education, Barrister Tokunbo Wahab, disclosed this while speaking during a day sensitization/ public enlightenment programme by his Office in Amuwo Odofin Local Council to sensitise residents on the need to re-enroll school drop outs, , especially the girls, who may have dropped out of school system, due to early pregnancy, poverty, early marriage or other factors in schools, to continue their education.
Wahab urged young girls who missed education early in life due to early pregnancy, trafficking, poverty or other factors to take advantage of the Alternative school system of the state government to re-enroll themselves for secondary education and learn a vocation that would make them become entrepreneurs. He disclosed that plans are in place, to build five new alternative schools in the state in addition to the one in Agboju, Education District 5, so as to have the presence of such school in all the six administrative divisions of the state in line with the state government’s vision for Mass literacy for sustainable development.
The SA explained that the administration of Sanwo-Olu is determined to increase literacy level and grow young entrepreneurs who will be self sufficient and contribute to the growth of the economy of the state. The special adviser, who was represented at the street-to-street public enlightenment campaigns by the chairman of the Governing Board of the Alternative High School for Girls, Agboju, Mrs Funmilola Olajide, stated that education remains a strong weapon to fight poverty and ignorance, adding that the vision for a new Lagos with education and technology in the six pillar development agenda of the state government could only be achieved when residents are well educated and enlightened.