The House of Representatives has scheduled Thursday’s plenary for debating the issues of Almajiri and out-of-school children in the country.
The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, at the plenary on Tuesday recalled the House resolved to discuss the issues.
Gbajabiamila on January 29 called for legislative measures towards reducing the number of out-of-school children.
He cited the United Nations Children’s Fund estimates that about 10.5 million of Nigerian children between the ages of five and 14 are not in school, while the Universal Basic Education Commission puts the number higher at 13.2 million.
Gbajabiamila said, “Please, can we all make the attendance on Thursday for the special session on out-of-school children? Honourable colleagues, it is important that we all attend as it is a major issue that affects this country and it is important that we debate it thoroughly on Thursday.
“There will be a roll call on Thursday, not in terms of attendance but in terms of where you vote; whether you are voting for whatever the resolution is or you are voting against it. We will announce what is voted.”
Meanwhile, the House has decried the proliferation of baby factories in the country, calling on the Federal Government to take action.
The House called on the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons to work with other law enforcement agencies to forestall the activities of baby factories through effective intelligence gathering and dissemination of information.