Executive Secretary of National Commission for Nomadic Education, NCNE, Professor Rashid A. Aderinoye yesterday said that over four million out of school nomadic children in Nigeria posed security threats to their communities.
He highlighted the treats to include rural banditry and cattle rustling.
Professor Aderinoye stated this at a one-day annual meeting and capacity development workshop of field level extension staff, community leaders, NCNE staff and stakeholders for the effective implementation of the nomadic education programme held in Kaduna yesterday.
Aderinoye further said though the commission had recorded remarkable achievement in the nomadic education programme, it still needs stakeholders to rededicate themselves to achieve its ultimate goal.
According to him, “The nomadic education programme has also witnessed increase in enrolment in primary and adult literacy education and pastoralists have continued to build and rehabilitate schools. Teachers and literacy instructors have continued to receive the support of parents, especially in the provision of accommodations and means of transportation.
“These positive developments are undoubtedly attributed to the commendable collective efforts of our extension agents and community leaders in the field.
“I wish to call on all of us to rededicate ourselves to improving the dwindling fortunes of the nomads as we still have over 4 million out of school nomadic children and their communities are increasing faced with daunting challenges of climate change, incessant conflicts, insurgency, rural banditry, animal diseases and cattle rustling leading to loss of lives, properties, abandonment of schools and infrastructure due to migration to safer areas.
“To the community leaders, they are the custodians of our clientele and play a central role in the planning and implementation process of the programme at all levels,” Aderinoye stressed.
Earlier in his welcome address, the director, Department of Social Mobilisation and Outreach, Mohammed El-Nafaty said it was in recognition of the crucial roles being played by the extension agents in the implementation of the nomadic education programme that the commission organised the training workshop in order to update their knowledge and skills and also address the field based challenges.
Meanwhile, the one-day workshop had participants drawn from 22 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.

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