By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
Zamfara State Governor, Dr Bello Mohammed Matawalle has called on high level women in the country to inculcate social and moral ethics among the younger generation with a view to build a sound society of knowledge and patriotism.
A statement by the Director General Media, Public Enlightenment and Communications, Alhaji Yusuf Idris Gusau said the governor made the call when he received the National Chairperson of High Level Woman Advocates (HILWA), Madam Azuka Menkiti who led the members of the association on a courtesy call at Government House, Gusau.
Matawalle said women’s position is exalted and they are saddled with eminent responsibility of inculcating social and moral ethics in the younger ones especially in the area of education because of the critical role they play in building a sound society of knowledge and discipline.
He added that the women’s role is highly needed in other parts of the country in the education sector especially in promoting girl child education and commended HILWA for trying to liberate women through education and empowerment.
He further said that his administration in recognition of the girls child education has made a significant improvement in girl child enrollment through the state Universal Basic Education Board.
He maitained that his administration also encourages married women, Widows and divocees to further their education at the school for continuing education which has started to yield positive results in the state.
Matawalle explained that in his 2020 Budget he allocated 17.5 Billion to education sector in order to strengthen the education shortfall in the state.
He said that over 80 percent of the appropriated fund has been released which making the government to record a lot of progress In education sector.
Earlier in her address the National Chairperson of HILWA Madam Azuka Menkiti said UNICEF has recognised Zamfara State Government’s efforts in addressing the situation of out-of School children through the implementation of the Universal Basic Education Act which made the State enrollment drives more functional and commendable.
She further said that her organisation has noted with appreciation the State of emergency on education sector by Governor Matawalle which recorded progress in education.
She assured UNICEF total commitment to supporting Zamfara State to improve equitable access, learning and strengthened School governance especially in girl child education.
Madam Azuka Menkiti also appealled to the governor to consider employing more qualified teachers and invest more on Pre-Primary education
Earlier in her welcome address, Zamfara State chairperson of HILWA, Hajiya Maryam Na’Inna said the major work of HILWA is to advocate for increased participation of women in the education decision making and to support women to overcome challenges that inhibit their participation in education management among other policies and laws.