By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Wife of Bauchi State Governor, Hajiya A’isha Bala Mohammed has described as retrogressive, the non continuity of laudable programmes and projects being executed by donor agencies and non-governmental organizations across various states of the Nigerian federation.
According to her, such donor agency and NGOs non-ordinarily execute good programmes being tailored to improve the living conditions of Nigerians, but disturbingly however neither the federal nor state governments continue with the programmes after the agencies winds-up intervention.
A’isha was speaking Tuesday at the graduation ceremony of a life skill training program organized by MEDA, a Global Affairs Canada in Bauchi state, as she called on governments at all levels to devise ways of continuity in the execution of such programmes for the socio-economic and political development of the country.
The First lady who was represented at the occasion by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties, Mrs. Comfort Abdu, asked the programs implementing bodies to communicate to the donor countries of the need to ensure the continuity of their laudable programmes by governments of benefitting countries.
Hajiya A’isha Mohammed noted with concern how early marriage prevent girls from acquiring education, and urged beneficiaries of the life skill training programme to put into practice what they have learnt with a view to ensure that MEDA did not waste its resources in training them
A’isha disclosed that she has set up various committee on gender violence, stressing that the society can only be rape free when appropriate authorities punish offenders of such crime, as against the self-aggrandize practice of letting the go free.
The Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu was also at the occasion where he stressed the need to include youth in the MEDA training programme, saying the training of only girls is lopsided and could not curtail the social menace to which both sexes perpetuate.
Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu who was represented by the Sarkin Yakin Bauchi, Alhaji Aliyu Yakubu, called on parents and guardians to guard against factors thwarting the proper moral upbringing of their children in the Nigerian dynamic and sophisticated society.
Chairperson and Amirah of Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), one of the collaboratively implementing NGOs, Hajiya A’isha Ibrahim Kilishi has in a welcome address disclosed that MEDA is graduating 360 girls from seven focal local government areas of Bauchi state.
Hajiya A’isha Kilishi who gave the focal LGAs as Bauchi, Ganjuwa, Dass, Toro, Warji, Jama’are and Katagum, said that MEDA pays attention to girls and empowerment in line with the state government’s agenda of inclusiveness at all levels.
Kilishi explained that the training prepares the girls to become eligible and empowered citizens with a link to their civic responsibilities, saying the graduation involve some of most memorable and influential moment of their lives.
Also speaking, the Executive Director of Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative (FAWOYDI), Hajiya Maryam Garba, leading implementing NGO, said the training is geared to curb girls between the ages of 11 – 18 from the prevalence of early marriage and street hawking, among others.