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YAADAI advocates for out-of-school children

YAADAI exco’s with the Emir of Zazzau Mallam Ahmad Nuhu Bamali during the courtesy visit to Zaria.

Chairman, Kaduna State Council of Chiefs and Emir of Zazzau, Mallam Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli has advocated intensified efforts towards minimising the rate of out-of-school children.

The Emir stated this while receiving Young Ambassadors Against Drugs Abuse Initiative (YAADI) exco during a courtesy visit at his palace in Zaria.

The royal father lamented that the increasing rate of out-of-school children across the country was alarming and worrisome and maintained that non-governmental organisations, parents and community leaders must put heads together to save the lives of these children.

Chief Executive Officer, YAADI and Speaker, Street Children Parliament, Saifulahi Khalil pointed out that the United Nation Education and Scientific Research indicated that over 20 million children were out of school in Nigeria.

The Speaker who expressed satisfaction over the level of support and commitment of the Emir towards improving the living standard of venerable people observed that there was a dire need to rescue the affected African children and make them useful across the region.

Saifullahi said YAADAI projects were mostly in line with the objectives and programmes of the United Nations Convention on the rights of the Child.

“For Nigerian to attain SDG 4 by the year 2030, we must ensure that quality education is accessible, affordable and sustainable”, he said.

The speaker, Street Children Parliament added that YAADAI has supported about 250 vulnerable children, while youths have been mentored and enrolled back to school through partnership with Universal Basic education.

He solicited for the support of the Emir to achieve the campaign, taking ‘1 million Children and Youths off the Streets’, an initiative by YAADAI and the Street Children’s Parliament scheduled to take place on April 12, the international Day for the Street Children.

“We wish to embark on a campaign to take one million children and youths off the streets by empowering them to go to school, acquire skills, engage in sports and psychosocial support for survivals of drug abuse.
We intend to achieve this through fundraiser.

“1 million is just 5% of 20 million children who are out of school. This is only achievable with the support of government, private organisations, well-meaning Nigerians and donor agencies.

“The likely impact of their contributions would be made manifest when our streets are emptied of helpless children begging to be fed, clothed, educated and constantly used as agents of destruction and not agents of change”.

High point of the visit was the conferment of Life Member and Patron of the Young Ambassador Against Drugs Abuse Initiative (YAADAI) on the Emir of Zazzau, HRH Alhaji Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli.

The Executives of YAADAI toured the palace to witness historic facilities and modern sites of the palace such as areas like Alu Dan Sidi museum, documentary center and the clinic as well as historical Takon Giwa apartment amongst others which has been in existence for about 700 years.

Reporting by Zainab Khaleel and Abdu Jubril; Editing by Muzha Kucha