Speaking during the ‘Sensitization on Enrolment into Public Primary Schools’ programme in Lagos.’ LASUBEB Executive Chairman, Mr Wahab Alawiye-King, explained that the board decided to go round all the 10 LGAs with the highest number of out-of-school children to encourage parents to bring their children to school.
However, Alawiye-King did not mention these LGAs.
Alawiye-King and some members of the board visited the Ikosi-Isheri market and Bariga Market where they spoke to members of the society. At each of these sensitization ground, LASUBEB, deplored the use of some Nollywood actors who addressed members of the community to enroll their kids in school.
“It has become a routine and tradition for us to come out when resumption is approaching to sensitise and mobilise parents on why they must enrol their children in school. This is simultaneously going on in 10 local government as we speak, those LGAs are strategically chosen because they are the LGAs with the highest number of out-of-school-children. Those 10 has the highest number of out-of-school-children in Lagos. If we are able to surmount the problem, we will be able to face other areas more.”
He encouraged parents across the state to enroll their children in school as it was free with modern technological learning facilities.
He said, “Take your children to school, register them, it is our task to train them in school, stop making them to hawk goods for you. Children are not supposed to sponsor the family, let children go to school. Any parent who do not allow children to go to school will be sanctioned.”
An actor, Ayo Badmus, who addressed the traders and other members of the community at the Ikosi-Isheri market appealed to the parents not to allow their children to engage in hawking.
“Stop giving your children wares to hawk, let them come to school, I must say thank you to SUBEB, education is free, no more excuses, nothing like I don’t have money, government school is near to us here and Sanwo-Olu is doing wonderfully well.”
Another actor, Ibrahim Chatta also said, “Parents are supposed to make their children go to school. If you want your children to be important persons in life, enrol them in school. Lagos schools are free, they teach them with modern teaching and learning facilities.”
Mrs Morenike Alausa-Sulaimon also known as Iya Ereko encouraged market women at the Bariga Market to make education of their children a priority.