By; FUNMI OROYE ADERINTO, Kaduna
The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, on Tuesday, said that the state is making significant progress in preventing children and women from maternal and pre-natal deaths in the state.
Dr. Hadiza expressed this when the National Council for Women Societies of Nigeria (NCWS), came to Government House on a courtesy visit, in Kaduna.
According to her, there are ongoing programmes specifically targeted for women to provide and support them in the areas of entrepreneurship, stressing that the Governor has been supportive to women through the disbursement of funds to assist them to be self reliant.
“Kaduna is keen is supporting women, and has disbursed N200m in 2018, N400m in 2019 to support women entrepreneurs to expand their businesses”.
Dr. Hadiza Balarabe noted the contributions of National Council of Women Societies in advocating for the rights and welfare of women and girl-child in Nigeria.
She assured them of the Governor’s support, saying “this administration carries along women. 35% of women are currently working with the State Government.
“They are quite a number of women working in the state, it is based on their competency, commitment and dedication,” she added.
She urged them to make use of their strength to reach the grassroots on the importance of togetherness and fight against every challenges facing the women.
Speaking on education, she said, “We have worked on that issue. We want to see that our children both young girls and boys enrol in school, as the Kaduna Council is looking into the issues critically.
“We observed that, our children are not protected, their parents do not take the challenges of their children seriously, they are lots of dangers ahead of them,
our duty is to protect the lives of their children for the future”, she said.
The National President, National Council of Women Society, (NCWS), Dr. Gloria Laraba Shoda, said the were there to commend Kaduna State Government for promoting the welfare of women and for women inclusion in governance.
Laraba, said their research shows that in September 2018, according to news reports quoting the Kaduna State Maternal Newborn and Child Health Accountability Mechanism, the state recorded about 123 maternal deaths out of 10,453 deliveries.
“We appeal to you as our mother, to explore ways to prevent maternal and pre-natal deaths in Kaduna State.
According to the report, the challenges include lack of a state owned blood supply chain system, non-functional blood banks due to irregular electricity supply, non-functional ambulances for emergency referral patients and pregnant women with obstetric complications.
They admonished her that during her time, there was a drop in maternal mortality in the state, adding that “let Kaduna State Women and history record you as the interventionist in this regard.”