CHILDREN DAY: IMPLEMENT ECOWAS JUDGEMENT ON RIGHT TO EDUCATION OR FACE SANCTIONS, SERAP WARNS FG
As Nigerians and the world celebrate the Children Day, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent a letter to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Muhammed Adoke, SAN urging him to “use your good offices and leadership to ensure that your government urgently comply with the judgment by the ECOWAS Court of Justice on the right of Nigerian children to free, quality and compulsory basic education without further delay.”
The organization said that “should the government fail and/or neglect to fully and effectively implement the judgment within two weeks of the receipt and/or publication of this letter, we will seek sanctions against the government pursuant to Article 24 of the Supplementary Protocol of the ECOWAS Court of Justice, and Article 77 of the ECOWAS Treaty.”
The organization’s letter dated 25 May 2012 and signed by its Solicitors Femi Falana of Falana and Falana’s Chambers reads in part: “However, since the judgment was delivered in November 2010, the government has neither acknowledged the judgment nor taken steps to implement the letter and spirit of the judgment. Since the judgment was delivered, more than 12 million Nigerian children of school age still roam the streets and have no access to primary education; 115 million adults are illiterate. Nigerian children still lack access to quality primary education in Nigeria.”
The organization noted that, “Nigeria has the resources and capacity to implement the ECOWAS Court right to education judgment if the government is able to exercise the required political will.”
“The UBEC also confirmed that several states have failed to provide the counterpart funds to access over #30 billion naira of the UBEC funds, which remain unspent to date,” the organization added.
According to the organization, “While senior government officials send their children to schools abroad, poor children continue to be denied access to quality primary education in the country.”