Obasanjo: Out-of-school children will become terrorists, kidnappers if not addressed/ Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says the country would witness a surge of kidnnapers, armed robbers and kidnappers if the rising rate of out-of-school children is not addressed.

The country has about 14 million out-of-school children, a development experts warn portends great danger to its overall development.

In a bulletin of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) published on Monday, the erstwhile president called on policy makers and other relevant authorities to improve Nigeria's education sector.

He said: “If we don’t take care of these 14 million out-of-school children in the next 10 years or so, they will be the terrorists, armed robbers, and kidnappers of the future."

Obasanjo also called for a paradigm shift in practice of establishing many universities without taking into consideration the quality of education.

His words: “It should be about whether they’re doing what they should be doing, whether they meet the needs of the industry where they are situated, or whether they are delivering quality education.

“We should be preoccupied with what product is coming out and not about the number or the size. America has varsities with multi-campuses where student populations number in the thousands.

“I used to be a member of the Board of Trustees of Wilberforce University with a total population of 1,500, a small university but one which is making meaningful and impactful contributions.

“We should build on what we have now, improve on them. A population of over 200 million people having 170 or more universities is not too many for me as what matters are content and quality

“And the ability to turn out appropriate products for market and industry. If that is achieved, then universities could be said to be doing what they should be doing and we should hail them for it.”