From Maiharaji Altine Gusau
The High Level Women Advocates (HILWA) has awarded Five eminent Nigerians who contributed to the development of girl child education in the country.
Presenting the awards during its stakeholders meeting in Gusau last Saturday, the national President of the association, Mrs. Azuka Menkiti said, the awards were given to them considering the role they played in promoting the education of women in northern Nigeria.
Those awarded included the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa,adu Abubakar 111 and the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Sama’ila Mohammed Mera and the Emir of Anka, Alhaji Attahiru Mohammed Ahmed.
Others are , the former Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as well as wives of Sokoto state Governor, Hajiya Mariya Aminu Waziri, the wife of Kebbi state Governor, Dr. Hadiza Umar Shinkafi and wife of former Governor of Bauchi state, Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed Abubakar.
Mrs Azuka Menkiti however expressed disgust over the nonchalant attitude of parents and guardians to enroll their female wards to school.
She said, millions of girl children were still not in schools, a situation which she said must to be addressed.
According to her most parents preferred sending their children on street Hawking stressing that, “HILWA as an NGO, is doing everything possible to stop parents from sending their children on street hawking”.
She maintained that HILWA in collaboration with UNICEF and Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board has successfully campaigned for increased girl child enrollment and better access to schools.
She commended Zamfara state Government’s efforts in providing quality education to school children in the state adding that the governor’s effort was really impressive.
“Our organisation is impressed with the level of increased girl child enrolment into public schools system in Zamfara state. It enhances chances of having access to quality education”.
Also speaking, Chairman Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board, Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu Maradun said the board was up and doing in creating an enabling environment for teaching and learning so as to encourage enrollment of out of school children.
Abubakar Aliyu said the State Universal Basic Education Board has already been enrolled in G-for-G and He-for-She programs of UNICEF.