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Political will required to address Girl-child education in Nigeria-Prof. Rufa’i



Political will required to address Girl-child education in Nigeria-Prof. Rufa’i

By Naomi Sharang

A former Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Rufa‘i said political will is part of the policies needed to address the challenges and issues of girls’ education in Nigeria.

She said this during the 4th convening ceremony of the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) / University of Benin held on Monday in Abuja.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that a total of 112 applicants received various awards in all postgraduate programs and 18 applicants received a Senior National Diploma in Official Reporting.

Rufa’i, who was the guest speaker at the event, presented a paper titled: “Insecurity and New Dangers for Girls’ Education in Nigeria: Options for the Government of Nigeria”.

She said that the main ingredient in the design and implementation of education policies was the availability of political will.

Political will ensures that funds are earmarked for projects and functions related to girls’ education, continuously monitored and evaluated. “

She also said that political will involves releasing funds as they fall due and promoting accountability and value for money. “

In addition, Rufa’i said that to address the effects of insecurity on girls’ education, the government must provide lasting solutions to the root causes of insecurity.

She said that to achieve this, primary attention must be paid to promoting transparency and accountability in governance.

The former minister added that Nigeria had the highest number of out-of-school children with 10.5 million in the past 10 years.

“This translates into the fact that one in three school-aged children does not go to school. “

She called for the need to design approaches to tackle all the elements that not only promote the challenges of out-of-school girls, but also conflict mitigation.

According to her, this can be achieved through the ability to articulate and implement relevant policies in other areas.

In his remarks, Senate Speaker Ahmad Lawan said that NILDS was created to provide legislative support services.

Lawan, who was represented by Senate Leader Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, said the National Assembly would continue to support the institute through a sufficient budget to ensure the completion of its permanent site along the airport road.

In addition, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said that the country’s human capital is mainly built through the education system, which has important implications for both the individual and the society as a whole.

“At the individual level, education and skills make people more productive and these productivity gains translate into wage increases.

“At the macro level, a well-educated workforce contributes to economic and productivity growth and advances the innovative capacity of a society which, together, contributes to raising living standards.

NILDS Director General Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman said that with the huge success of postgraduate programs, the institute is to receive the National Universities Commission (NUC) for another round of accreditation exercises for all of our postgraduate programs.

“The Institute also obtained the approval of the National Council for Technical Education (NBTE) and launched the HND program in parliamentary administration and official reports in 2018.

“These diploma programs are intended to meet the needs of lower and middle level staff of the National Assembly.

Source: NAN

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