Intentional Day of the Girl Child: Borno Gov’s wife seeks laws prohibiting withdrawal of girls from schools

School children in Northern Nigeria
Intentional Day of the Girl Child: Borno Gov’s wife seeks laws prohibiting withdrawal of girls from schools
 
By Ekene Agbor
 
School children in Northern Nigeria
School children in Northern Nigeria
The Wife of the Borno Governor, Falmata Zulum, has advocated for laws that will see to the prohibition of withdrawal of girls from schools.
 

These laws when implemented, would focus more attention towards empowering girls and discourage parents from denying their girls right to education.

Zulum made the call in Maiduguri during a ceremony to mark the 2020 International Day of the Girl-Child.

She described this year’s theme, “Keeping our promises, keeping girls in school,” as not only timely but apt.

The governor’s wife also called for  the implementation of the Stase Education Edict.

“The enforcement of the edict is a collective responsibility and a task that must be done for the future development of the girl-child,” she said.

Borno Governor's Wife
Borno Governor’s Wife

She appealed to the state Ministry of Education to create a Monitoring and Mobilising Unit to take record of every girl-child enrolment, retention as well as completion from Primary to Secondary education.

“This will only be tenable if our leaders, especially traditional and political, traditional, religious as well as out teachers remained committed to ensure 100 per cent implementation

Value Female Network (VFN) celebrates International Day of the Girl Child
Value Female Network (VFN) celebrates International Day of the Girl Child in Osun State

One thing that is disheartening for a mother is to see our girls roaming the streets.

“At this point let me kindly appeal to our parents and mentors to get involved in inspiring and supporting the girl-child to see themselves as agents of positive change,”she said.

She insisted that every girl-child has a right to quality education.

She commended the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn- Umar, for his support and encouragement towards improving schools enrollment for girls in the state.

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