Mr. Michael Situ, the Mayor of London Borough of Southwark, has expressed his intention to welcome members of Nigeria’s diaspora community in the UK to address Nigeria’s challenge of out-of-school children.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Situ extended the invitation to host Nigerians from the Diaspora in a gesture of support and solidarity for the activities of the British charity, Ibironke Adeagbo (IA)-Foundation, actively involved in Nigeria.
In a telephone conversation with a NAN correspondent in Abuja on Sunday, Adeagbo, the Chief Executive Officer of the charity, mentioned that Mayor Situ would be hosting prominent figures—such as industry leaders, politicians, philanthropists, delegates, and supporters of IA-Foundation—to initiate new efforts in tackling the issue of out-of-school children.
She emphasized that this event marks the charity’s latest initiative to draw global attention to the education crisis in Nigeria.
Adeagbo said that the event, which would be held early next year, would be staged at the Southwark Civic Townhall at the London Bridge, overlooking the River Thames.
According to her, the purpose of the event is to showcase the work, impact and key findings of the foundation over the years and to attract the attention of the Nigerian diaspora community in the UK to make a difference back home.
Adeagbo said that the interaction would be geared toward mobilizing the international community toward building a shared vision and harnessing resources to combat the menace of out-of-school children in Nigeria.
She affirmed that members of the UK Parliament, UK councillors, politicians, philanthropists, delegates from corporate organisations and other notable individuals would also attend the event.
“The endeavour is to ensure that the international community plays a critical role in the development of a solid and functional educational system in Nigeria,’’ she said.
IA-Foundation which was established in 2019 by Adeagbo, a Nigerian born in England, has demonstrated an uncommon passion to tackle the out-of-school crisis in Nigeria.