The National Lottery Trust Fund, NLTF is to collaborate with the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in addressing the menace of out of school children in the country.
The Executive Secretary of NLTF, Mallam Bello Maigari made this known when the National President of NAWOJ, Comrade Ladi Bala and her team paid him a visit in Abuja.
Mallam Maigari reiterated the commitment of the agency in promoting transparency and accountability of public funds aimed at improving the quality of life of all Nigerians through the innovative projects and social intervention.
“NLTF is set up for everyday Nigeria because all our resources and proceeds come from the activities of everyday Nigerian..the agency is set up for win win value preposition for every Nigerian”
According to him, the agency will continue to complement the efforts of government in timely intervention of projects ranging from the provision of basic health care facilities, learning materials, refurbishment of educational facilities among others across the country.
“The agency is destined for greatness because of the mandate which is to take custody of certain percentage of all the lottery operations in the country and channel the resources for the benefits of the public in various areas such as education, health, welfare, social services, relief and disaster management ..our mandate is comprehensive and broad, that has not left out to do with the promotion of social inclusion for all Nigerians “
The Executive secretary
who also stressed the need for concerted efforts in addressing the scourge of out of school children, called on media practitioners to be actively involved,while also explaining the need of training and retraining of Journalists to meet international best practices.
“We also seek to ventilate our views and showcase our achievements through the journalism sector”
Earlier in her remarks, the national president of NAWOJ, Comrade Ladi Bala who congratulated the agency for attaining the position of the best agency in the ethics and integrity compliance code index report by the ICPC ,called on other MDAs to emulate such aimed at improving good governance and building a better system free of corruption.
“Basically we are here to appreciate the success being recorded by NLTF in the area of promoting transparency, due process and accountability in the management of public resources in their custody”
Comrade Bala pledged the support of NAWOJ in building a formidable force with the agency in bridging the gap of out of school children especially the girl child in the country through her pet education project .
According to the NAWOJ President, the recent statistics by UNESCO shows that Nigeria has over 20million out of school children, with 60% of girls in the north and 60% of boys in the southern part of the country, thus the need to build partnership with the agency through their educational initiatives.
COV/Nkiru Nnoli EDITED BY GRACE NAMIJI