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‘Di­rect de­mand for girl-child ed­u­ca­tion to par­ents not govt’

- From Has­san Ibrahim, Bauchi Society · Child Abuse · Family · Parenting · Violence and Abuse · United Nations · UNICEF · Bauchi · Bauchi State · Bala Mohammed

The wife of Bauchi State gover­nor, Ha­jiya Aisha Bala Mo­hammed, has charged the United Nations Chil­dren Fund (UNICEF) to chan­nel its de­mand for girl child ed­u­ca­tion to par­ents and not the govern­ment.

The first lady, who stated this when she hosted se­lected girls from across the coun­try for the celebratio­n of the 2020 In­ter­na­tional Day of the Girl Child in Bauchi, de­cried that most par­ents in her lo­cal govern­ment area of Al­ka­leri did not be­lieve in ed­u­cat­ing the girl child.

She said most of the par­ents be­lieved the girlchild should be mar­ried off be­fore they fin­ished school.

“My lo­cal govern­ment is the last in terms of girl child ed­u­ca­tion. Yet, the girl child right is en­shrined in both the Holy Qur’an and Holy Bi­ble. Par­ents must en­sure the wel­fare of their wards."

“Apolo­gies to UNICEF, this de­mand for a girl child to me, should be di­rected to par­ents and not the govern­ment.

Govern­ment can only en­sure that the par­ents pro­vide this wel­fare," she said.

She also be­rated men who di­vorce their wives for no gen­uine rea­son and vowed to lead an aware­ness cam­paign against the bad prac­tices in Bauchi.

She lamented that at the end of such di­vorce, the girlchild is left in the mid­dle of suf­fer­ing.

"Some of them (men) feel it’s a plea­sure. That’s why we are fac­ing some of these prob­lems. You see a man beat­ing, abus­ing and putting too much pres­sure on his wife in the pres­ence of his son; what les­son is he pass­ing across?

“Some of them feel they can marry to­day and di­vorce to­mor­row and no­body will say any­thing about it. They know that their neigh­bours will still give their daugh­ters out to them in mar­riage. They think every girl is a leisure; they feel that the girl child is like a piece of cloth that can be used and dumped any­how,” she stated.

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