The Attorney General of the Federation, the Nigerian Education Minister, the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, the attorneys general of the 36 states of the Federation, and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, have been dragged to court over the education of the Nigerian child.
They were sued by human right lawyer, Femi Falana and another lawyer.
Falana cited a recent study from UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, in an affidavit submitted to the court, stating that at least 20.2 million children are not attending school.
This, according to UNICEF, is the highest number in the world.
The applicants took the matter to the Federal High Court in Lagos where they demanded an order directing the 4th-40th respondents to pay the counterpart funds to access the matching grant of N68 billion in the Account of the Universal Basic Education Fund and report compliance to the court order within 30 days of the delivery of the judgement.
Falana further want the court to give an order directing the respondents to always pay the counterpart fund to access the matching grant in the account of the Universal Basic Education Fund as and when due, forthwith.
The lawyers are also asking the court to declare that by the provisions of Section 2(1) of the Compulsory, Free Universal Basic Education Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, the respondents are legally obligated to provide free, compulsory and universal basic education for every Nigerian child of primary and junior secondary school age.