THE worsening socio-economic condition of the average citizen in the country has been highlighted with statistics from the office of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) indicating that 8.2 million children of school age do not have adequate access to education. This figure represents children who were enrolled in school but dropped out due to diverse circumstances and those who were never enrolled but are still in school.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDG, Dr. Precious Gbeneol, gave the figure yesterday in Abuja at the second National Conference on Education organised by the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD). She stated that Nigeria had taken a major step forward in its target of universal access to basic schooling by 2015.