The Education Secretary, Lagos Mainland Local Government Education Authority, Adetona Bisi Lawrence, has urged community stakeholders to embrace the Universal Basic Education Act 2004.
He stressed that the failure to do so might attract stiff penalty as enshrined by the law.
Lawrence, who was addressing the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsored seminar held at the Mainland Local Government Education Multi-purpose Hall, Yaba, maintained that by embracing the Act, parents would be supporting their children by creating time and taking good care of them, adding that, “..they should desist from marrying many wives and embrace family planning”.
The first resource person from Human Development Initiatives (HDI), Ajayi Samuel, told the audience that comprised of community stakeholders from Iwaya, Sabo, Oyingbo and Ebute-meta, among others, that UBE Act, 2004 covered early childhood education and development.
Samuel urged the state government to give the Local Government Education Authority, saddled with overseeing and coordinating the primary and junior secondary education, necessary equipment to enhance the responsibility for the provision of conducive classrooms and field of sports as an integral part of education.
Another resource person, Sunday Alade, urged the community stakeholders to mobilise people in support of government policies, programmes and activities.
He added: “As an agent of change they should act as mouthpiece of the people and monitor activities of political office holders and to call them to order when they work against community interest and values.”
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