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Out-of-school children worrisome — Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu has called for the establishment of more schools, recruitment of teachers, and provision of at least one meal a day for the school children in order to address the alarming figure of out-of-school children in the country.

Receiving members of the National Working Committee, NWC, of All Progressives’ Congress, APC, in Lagos, Tinubu said these will align with the progressive ideology we aim to pursue.

The President, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, said democracy must be progressive and inclusive with primary focus on pragmatically addressing poverty through the provision of job opportunities for youths and quality education for all Nigerian children.

Tinubu, who expressed support for the establishment of the National Institute of Progressive Studies by the party, noted that the Institute is expected to conduct diligent research and educate all party members on the principles of democracy and good governance while providing a distinct identity for the party.

”We will deliver it. I am committed to supporting a strong and ideologically-determined democracy that is progressive, inclusive, and focused on eliminating poverty while providing quality education for our children.

”Collaboration with various government arms is crucial, and I commend the leadership of our party for working hard to promote these essential ideals.”

He called on the leadership of the party to target more youths and women in its e-registration and digital membership validation exercise scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2024.

”I stand solidly with you in the advancement of the progressive ideological stance of our party and we will pursue it with vigour,” he stated.

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President Tinubu thanked members of the party for the overwhelming show of support to him during the campaigns, the electoral victory, and with the affirmation of his presidency by the Supreme Court.

”It has been a while since we have had the opportunity to come together, especially since the Supreme Court ruling. I had hoped for a gathering, but the demanding tasks of my office that we fought for have called for increased focus, dedication and time.

Expressing concern on the alarming figure of out-of-school children in the country, President Tinubu declared: ”We must address this issue by establishing more schools, recruiting teachers, and providing at least one meal a day for the school children, aligning with the progressive ideology we aim to pursue.”

The National Chairman of the All Progressives’ Congress, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, informed the President that plans are being put in place by the NWC to ensure the success of the party in the coming bye-elections into National and State legislative houses in February 2024.

”We assure Your Excellency that under our leadership and with your consent, strategies have been put in place to win the support of our people and secure all the seats available for the electoral contest,” he said.

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