By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Sequel to the Governor Nasir el-Rufai-led statewide programme for free and compulsory education for girls, the legislative council of Kudan Local Government Area is set to enact a bye-law to ensure budgetary allocation for technical, vocational education for community girls in resident in the local government.
The Speaker of the Legislative Council, Hon. Habibu Danlami made this known to the media when the RiseUp Together team from the Gender Policy Unit of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and Women Connect Initiative (WCI) visited the Council during an advocacy for Gender Equity Initiative (GEI).
While addressing the team, Hon. Danlami stated that the local government is committed to the vision of the Kaduna State Government led by Governor Nasir El-Rufai in ensuring that girls in the community have equal access to education as male children stating that the local government is acting on the recent baseline study by the Gender Policy Unit of ABU Zaria and WCI.
“The study projects into the state of community girls in Kudan within the next one to two decades and the outcome will be bad if we do not act now. We have carefully studied the projections and we are set to work with the Gender Policy Unit of ABU Zaria and WCI to enact a bye-law to safeguard the future of girls in the communities by making budgetary allocations for technical and vocational education”, he said.
On her part, the Coordinator of Gender Policy Unit, ABU Zaria, Prof. Binta Abdulkarim stated that Kudan Local Government Area is strategic in the development of local economy in the Kaduna State considering the rich resources available in the local government and the potentials of girls from the area whose skills can be harnessed through a sustained budgetary practice.
Mr Elisha Timothy, the Advocacy Manager of Advocacy for Compulsory Technical and Vocation Education for Rural Women (ACTIVE 4 Women) projected that Kudan will produce leading women entrepreneurs within the next fifteen years if the local council enacts the bye-law saying that “the small businesses managed by the community girls has the potentials of becoming global”.
In the same vein, the Advocacy Manager Coordinator of ACTIVE 4 Rural Women, Victor Ihidero restated the commitment of RiseUp Together at ensuring sustainable gender equity practice across communities in the state saying that the Gender Policy Unit of ABU Zaria and Women Connect Initiative is keen on working with the local Legislative assembly and the Executive arms to enact the bye-law