Mr. Sunday Katung, a former member of Federal House of Representatives for Zango-Kataf/Jaba in Kaduna State has called on the Federal Government to urgently tackle the disturbing education deficit across the country.
Katung in a press conference in Kaduna on Sunday, July 18, described as troubling and disturbing the 10 million out-of-school children in Nigeria. He maintained that the more disturbing part of it is that 69 per cent of the 10 million were found in the North.
The former lawmaker stated that the startling figures were unacceptable and needed pragmatic and urgent action to tackle the out-of-school and other education deficit in the country, especially in the northern region.
The former Deputy Governorship candidate for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 General Elections, who spoke at a scholarship scheme under the ‘Marshall Katung Foundation’ reasoned that the best way out of this ugly situation is for well meaning Nigerians to give back to the society via assistance to the less privileged children to enable them pursue their academic goals.
Katung explained that Marshall Katung Foundation was out to give scholarships to the students across 10 Local government Areas of the state who ordinarily cannot meet their financial challenges in their academic quests.
“The scholarship was principally for eligible indigent students drawn from 10 LGAs comprising of Chikun, Kajuru, Kachia, Zango kataf, Jaba, kauru, Kaura, Jemaa, Sanga, and Kagarko, studying in Kaduna State University, College of Education Gidan Waya, Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, and College of Nursing, Kafanchan”, he said.