Female Chairmanship hopeful of Riyom LGA, Plateau State, Mrs. Edwina Mang says the rate of schools dropout is high in the locality, partly owing to water crisis.
In an interview with this platform in Jos, Mrs. Mang said she had carried out a research and found that children mostly miss or stay out of school looking for water for their parents.
"Most times the children get to school towards closing and the parents have felt it is better they stay at home," she said.
Mang, the founder and CEO, Women and Children in support of Community Development Initiative in Nigeria (WOCCI-Nigeri), a nongovernmental organization fighting for the rights of, and empowering vulnerable children and widows, said provision of safe drinking water is crucial for the educational advancement of the LGA.
She believed such would also prevent diseases which cause children to stay out of school.
Mrs. Mang, a retired nurse who in 2012 erected modern drinking wells in at least two schools in the locality through her NGO pledges to do more especially if elected, to help the LGA compete favourably in the area of education.