Lafia Emirate warns parents denying girls education
From Suleiman Lawal, Lafia
Following increase in the number of girls-child dropped out of school, Nasarawa State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has solicited Emir of Lafia, Justice SidiBage (Rtd’s) support to reduce the behavior.
The Commissioner of the Ministry,Hajiya Halima Jabiru canvassed this support when the team visited the Emir of Lafia Palace and Chairman Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs, Justice SidiBage (Rtd).
She expressed worries on the increase of the dropped-out girls for marriage purposes, saying:“This attitude of some parents towards the education of their girls-child is uncalled for because as government, we will not continue to fold our arms watching this to continue to happen in this modern society of ours.”
“Furthermore, Your Royal Highness, this situation generates a lot of concernto us and that is why we decided to seek for your support and cooperation to ensure we achieve this goal,” Jabiru told the Emir.
She also described education as not only important for the sustenance of human and national development, but also recognised as an essential tool of fighting illiteracy and poverty.
In his response the Emir of Lafia, Justice Bage (Rtd), assured of his readiness to collaborate with the ministry to curtail the issue raised for a better tomorrow.
He said “denying girl-child access to education is not a religion rather, a culture which has no any historical background.
“When we were kids almost all the male children were sent to school but their opposites were not given the opportunity to attain education, this is not the right thinking direction,” Bage noted.
He also stated that Lafia Emirate will soon constitute a committee which will shoulder the responsibility of ensuring all girls-child enroll in school and any defaulting parents will face punishment.