THE Federal Ministry of Education has tackled the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for presenting 18.5 million as the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria.
The ICIR reporter contacted Ben Bem Goong, the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Federal Ministry of Education to confirm if the data was still valid.
In his office, Goong said the ministry’s data for out-of-school children was 6.9 million as of 2020, and not 18.5 million.
Furthermore, Goong said the UBEC’s data quoted by UNICEF could not be more credible than the ministry’s.
He said: “UNICEF is a UN agency, based in Washington DC. We are giving you figures in Nigeria, and you’re telling me it’s not correct. Who is UNICEF? Where does UNICEF get its data from?”