Following the Governor Nasir El-Rufai led statewide programme for free and compulsory education for girls in Kaduna State, the legislative council of Kudan Local Government is set to enact a bye-law to ensure budgetary allocation for technical, vocational education for community girls in the local government.
Speaker of the Legislative Council, Habibu Danlami stated this 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) at the weekend.
According to Danlami, the local government was committed to the vision of the State government in ensuring that girls in the community have equal access to education as male children quickly added 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.
Advocacy Manager of Advocacy for Compulsory Technical and Vocation Education for Rural Women (ACTIVE 4 Women), Elisha Timothy, projected that Kudan will produce leading women entrepreneurs within the next fifteen years if the local council enacts the bye-law because the small businesses managed by the community girls have the potentials of becoming global.
Earlier, 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, 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