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Kebbi secures World Bank grant for girls’ education



Kebbi secures World Bank grant for girls’ education

By Muhammad Lawal
Governor Atiku Bagudu said his administration had secured a World Bank grant of $ 70 million to strengthen the education of adolescents and girls.

Bagudu revealed this during the 5th Ramadan Kebbi State Women’s Lecture Series held in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital on Saturday.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the theme of the conference is: “The fundamental role of women in Islam”.

Bagudu said that with the grant, women in the state, especially adolescent girls, would learn more skills, coupled with formal and non-formal education.

The governor also said that these skills would allow girls to be more productive and independent, even in their matrimonial home.

Bagudu said, “The good news is that the more we invest in women, the more prosperous our society will be.

“The grant will complement various programs and policies aimed at improving the lives of girls, women and other vulnerable groups in the state.”

Bagudu stressed the need to legislate and allocate more money to girls’ education and other related social protection programs.

The governor noted that women must be supported to play their roles in society, just as has been ordered by Almighty Allah.

He observed that women play a key role in the day-to-day management of society, apart from their respective family responsibilities.

“If we religiously heed the various Islamic injunctions affecting our entire life and our family ties, we will live in a healthier, safer and more peaceful society.

“Our different families, diligently anchored by our wives, mothers and daughters, will be able to overcome any formidable challenges and survive any economic turbulence,” he added.

Bagudu congratulated the organizer of the conferences and the First Lady, Dr Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu and other active collaborators for making the event a huge success.

For his part, Shinkafi-Bagudu said that the successes of the Ramadan period depend on the contribution of women not only to their homes but to society as a whole.

The governor’s wife praised the efforts of husbands, fathers, sons and brothers to support the family.

“We should also appreciate the tireless efforts of our husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, especially during this month when we seek the blessings and reward of Allah.

“As Muslim women, we contribute a lot not only to our homes, but to society as a whole and much of the success of the Ramadan period depends on us.

“It means we can do more to make the month easier for a lot of people who may not be as blessed as some,” she said.

Previously, the Governor’s Special Advisor on Women’s Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zara’u Wali, congratulated the Governor’s wife on organizing the conference.

She also congratulated Governor Bagudu for providing the women of Kebbi State with a favorable environment conducive to the realization of their potential.

Speakers who spoke at the event included; Sheikh Abubakar Giro, represented by Dr Attahiru Ahmad-Sifawa, Dr Isma’il Mufti-Menk who virtually joined Sister Na’ima Robert and Dr Jabir Maihula.

Overly-addressed themes include innovative Islamic management methods in the COVID-19 era, the family obligation of wives in times of economic hardship, and reducing gender-based violence.

The conference was attended by former Speaker of the House of Representatives Dimeji Bankole and Speaker of the Kebbi State Assembly Samaila AbdulMuminu-Kamba and other senior government officials. (NOPE)


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