Former Minister of National Planning, Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman, has stated that parents and guardians have the right to sue the government if they fail to live up to their responsibilities by not providing adequate facilities for acquiring basic education for their children.
Dr. Usman made this known at the 8th convocation lecture of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), in Abuja where he was the guest speaker on the theme; “Education As a Public Good – The Role of NOUN In Promoting Entrepreneurship and Economic Independence.
The ex Minister said the fact that government is set to prosecute who refuse to allow their children to attend primary and junior secondary schools means they are culpable and liable if they have not made provision for adequate facilities.
“The basic education has been made compulsory and universal by law. This means, technically, that parents that refuse to allow their children to attend primary and junior secondary schools can be prosecuted by the government.
“In the case, however, where parents want to send their children to school and the relevant governments have not made available adequate facilities, then the governments are surely culpable and liable,” he stated.
The ex-minister, who is currently the chairman/CEO of Susman and Associates, commended NOUN for indicating a greater focus on innovation, saying that there is the need to put emphasis on innovation, monitoring and evaluation through proving and improving.
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