Founder of the Malala Fund and girls’ education activist, Malala Yousafzai has asked the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the education sector. She made the call on Monday after a closed door meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House as part of activities to mark her visit to Nigeria, the second in three years.
Malala, who led a delegation of seven, said the education of girls and boys formed the major highlights of her meeting with the Acting President. The youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate urged state and local governments to pay more attention to the goal which she described as fundamental and called for transparency in the investment towards education as well as the implementation of the Child Rights Act.
She applauded the government’s efforts in the safe return of the over 100 Chibok schoolgirls and further expressed hope that more would be released to end the deprivation of education among the girl child in the country.
Malala last visited Nigeria in 2014 shortly Boko Haram terrorists abducted some schoolgirls in Chibok community of Borno State when she joined hundreds of people and groups to condemn the act.