By Grace Udofia
Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo in what seems like an attempt to excuse the Federal Government of criticism of its failure to improve the educational system in the country, has blamed state governors for the increasing numbers of out of school children.
Osinbajo made this known while declaring open a two-day national dialogue on girls in Abuja.
According to him, Nigeria is a country that operates a federal system of government, hence, education and medical care are left primarily in the hands of state and local governments.
He maintained that states should be blamed for the rise in the number of children currently out of school, instead of the directing these complaints on the federal government who has no business with primary education.
“We run a federal system and questions of education, medical care are essential state matters.
“Primary education is state and local government matter. The Federal Government has only about 100 schools of the hundreds of thousands of schools.
“Sometimes, when we talk about out-of-school children and problems associated with education, we tend to focus on the Federal Government whereas the Federal Government does not run primary school.
“That is not the business of FG. It is the business of state and local government,” he said.