The wife of Katsina State governor, Hajiya Hadiza Aminu Bello Masari, has called on all stakeholders to intensify efforts to protect the rights of children in the state.
She spoke yesterday in Katsina during the 2018 International Day of the African Child celebration organized by the state chapter of High Level Women Advocates (HILWA) in collaboration with UNICEF and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
Masari, who admonished parents to ensure proper upbringing of their children and charged other stakeholders to complement such efforts for the wellbeing of children, pledged government’s continued support and cooperation towards promoting girl child education in the state.
Earlier, the chairperson of Katsina HILWA, Hon. Maryam Abdullahi, said the group will continue to raise general awareness and high level advocacy on the need to improve the education of children in the state.
On the theme of this year’s celebration, “Right of Children with Disability: Duty to Protect, to Respect to Promote and to Fulfill,” Abdullahi, a former member of the House of Representatives, further made case for positive change within the education sector with emphasis on the girl child.
She said: “The day aims at raising awareness on the situation of children and the need for continuing improvement in their education” by addressing the challenges and opportunities facing the realization of the rights of children in Africa.
In his remarks, the Executive Chairman of Katsina SUBEB, Alhaji Lawal Buhari Daura, represented by the Director PRS of the board, Isah Musa Kankara, said the massive rehabilitation of primary schools across the state, prompt payment of teachers’ salaries, provision of instructional materials under the present administration were a clear indication of the commitment of the government towards the development of education in the state.
A total of 150 pupils from Batsari, Rimi and Katsina local government areas competed in a debate on the topic: “The Right of Child to Protection: Who is Responsible –Parent or Government,” to mark the school level activity followed by an interactive session between the pupils and invited guests.
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