By, MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Bauchi Field Office of UNICEF and the State Government have called for more investments in girld education for sustainable socioeconomic growth and development in the state.
The State Governor, Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed made the call Friday while receiving over 2, 000 school girls across various educational institutions in Bauchi metropolis at Government House on advocacy march organized by UNICEF, SUBEB and HilWA as part of the activities marking the 2019 International Day of the Girl-Child.
The governor observed that denying girls education retard their progress and endangers their future, hence the need for all parents and stakeholders in the sector to give utmost priority to female education.
The governor, who was represented by Chief of Staff, Government House, Abubakar Ahmed Kari, emphasized the need for massive investments into the female education, who are transiting from childhood to adulthood.
He expressed dismay over the situation whereby the girl-child is sent hawking or giving them out on marriage, instead of being in the classrooms.
“The education of the girl-child is the priority of our PDP administration, as efforts are geared towards providing financial and other logistics support for the promotion of girl-child education in the state”, the governor assured.
The governor recalled, “My administration met a comatose system of education when we took over, but I assure that there will be every hope at the end of the tunnel because the sector is receiving a lot of interventions that are reflecting positively in the lives of school=age children”.
Mrs. Maryam Dikwa, an education specialist on the part of UNICEF, stressed the need for parents to invest massively in girl-child education, saying it would help to guarantee a bright future for the girls and their communities.
Dikwa explained that in order to increase more enrolment of girl-child in school, UNICEF with the support of DFID has trained 144 girls in various skills and sponsored many interventions to encourage girls enrolment and retention in schools across the state.