Katsina advocates speedy passage of Child Protection Bill
Borno to shut schools over hike in tuition fees
By Ndahi Marama, Boluwaji Obahopo & Bashir Bello
Borno State government, yesterday, said it will not hesitate to shut down any private school charging high fees and extorting students and parents.
The government also said it was giving priority to free and compulsory education, warning that any private school or its proprietor that compromised standards and qualitative education will face the full wrath of the law.
Executive Chairman of Borno State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Dr. Shettima Kullima, disclosed these at a one-day interactive forum with students, teachers and parents to mark the International Day of the Girl-Child in the state.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole, has expressed the determination of the sixth Assembly to legislate good laws that will promote girl-child education in the state.
This comes as wife of the state governor, Rashida Bello, urged the Federal Government to ensure the release of the remaining Chibok girls as well as pay attention to those in the internally-displaced persons, IDPs’ camps.
Also, in Katsina State, the Special Adviser to Governor Bello Masari on Girl-Child Education and Empowerment, Hajiya Binta Umar, yesterday, called for the speedy passage of child protection bill in the state.
Hajiya Umar said the bill, if passed, will address all child protection and child development issues and the rampant cases of child abuse.
Umar, who made the call during an event organised by her office for the International Day of the Girl-Child, said the bill had been reviewed/redrafted and submitted to the governor for consideration and onward transmission to the state Assembly.
She appealed for the need to create more child protection advocacy clubs in public and private schools.
Earlier, the Head of Save the Children International, Nura Muhammad, said the event was to sensitise people on the importance of girl-child education and the need for the parent to enrol their girl-child in schools.
In Borno State, the one-day forum held at Forsharms Centre in Maiduguri, the state capital, with a theme Empower Girls, Emergency Response and Resilience Planning, was organised by Save the Children Nigeria, an international non-governmental organisation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
Represented by Director of Administration, SUBEB, Alhaji Usman Allamin, Kullima said: “It is disheartening to tell you that there are some private schools that charge between N80,000 and N95,000 per term in the state, and this is unacceptable.”
Also in her remarks, Commissioner for Women Affairs, who was represented by Director of the Ministry, Hajja Yabawa Kolo, said the forum was timely and apt, considering the role of education towards protecting and uplifting the status of the girl-child in conflict-ridden environments.
Coordinator of Education in Emergency, Save the Children in the state, Miss Tobi Mbaya, said the organisation decided to honour the girls in commemoration of the day set aside by United Nations General Assembly to celebrate the girl-child.
In Kogi State, the Speaker, Kolawole, expressed determination and commitment of the legislative arm to collaborate with the executive arm and other stakeholders to empower the girl-child.
Kolawole, who said this in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Femi Olugbemi, noted that the challenges confronting the girl-child were enormous, stressing that what was needed was concerted efforts by all stakeholders to enhance their well-being.
In her remarks, wife of the state governor, Mrs Rashida Bello, tasked the state government to pay attention to girl-child empowerment.
Mrs Bello, in a statement by her Special Adviser on Media, Mrs. Adesoro Olamide, said government at all levels must open their eyes to the myriad of issues facing the girl-child in today’s society during peace and in times of conflicts.
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