A Female Northern Group, Jam’iyar Matan Arewa says it is strategising to improve the enrolment of the girl-child into schools across the Northern region.
The President of the group, Hajiya Rabi Saulawa disclosed this when she led a delegation of the newly selected executive officers of the group on a courtesy visit to the government House, Kaduna.
According to Hajiya Rabi, education is key to every society, hence the need to encourage the enrollment of all children, especially girls into schools.
She said they are also determined to stop early marriages across the region especially in situations where girls are forced out of schools to be married off and eventually get infected with VVF.
The President mentioned that plans are underway by the group to empower women with skills and support those involved in farming.
“We are determined to help tackle issues affecting our women in this region. Poverty has forced mothers to send their children to hawk, child labour and street begging”. Hajiya Rabi said.
She said the group was committed to carrying out advocacies to further enhance peaceful coexistence in the country.
“We have allowed religion and ethnicity to affect the peaceful coexistence that we once enjoyed.” She added
In her response, the Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe said government will continue to support and collaborate with the group on women-related issues.
She advised the group to look into issues bedevilling the Northern region such as malnutrition, illiteracy, ignorance, high rate of maternal mortality and cases of school drop outs.
Dr. Hadiza urged Jam’iyar Matan Arewa to dissiminate messages to the grassroots on the need to prioritize education, access health care and encourage women participation in politics.
‘I advise that you work closely with fellow women groups since you have access to them so as to achieve the desired goals. You need to develop trust amongst yourselves to achieve your missions”. Dr. Hadiza said.
The Deputy Governor also tasked the group to provide a common front to fight insecurity and drug addictions especially among women.