A presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said he will declare free educations at all levels if elected president of the country.
The former vice-president speaking at a public presentation/Book launching , titled “Re-thinking the legal framework for rights of women and girl-child in Nigeria,” organized by Women Trafficking and Child Labor Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF), Atiku Abubakar, said “the sector had suffered under- funding due to corruption, but if elected president in the coming election he will do everything possible including declaring free education at all level to make quality education available to Nigerians”.
“I believe that we should have free educations at all levels, but l know that not all the state governments have the resources to undertake that. That is why when we were in government, we made free and compulsory up to secondary school level,” he said.
The former Vice President listed the ways to protect and promote the rights of women and the girl-child to include free compulsory basic education for all children under 18 years of age, to be funded by the states and local governments with support of the federal government, public health efforts to reduce the rate of maternal and child mortality.
Other initiatives include the institution of a well-funded welfare system, combating s*xual violence against women by encouraging them to speak out about s*xual violence and other violations of their rights and prevention of all forms of child abuse such as child labor, child marriage and child abandonment.
Also Speaking at the event, the director of NAPTIP, Abdul Rahim Opotu Shaibu, disclosed that the organization has rescued more than 6,000 trafficked women and children and achieved the conviction of 258 traffickers since the agency came into being.

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