• Says Girl-Child Education Vital In National Development

By Samson Yaki

The Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, has pleaded with parents in the Northern part of the country to allow their female children to at least conclude their secondary school education before considering giving them out in marriage; saying that girls’ education is vital to the development of any country.

In a statement by the Head, Public Relations and Protocols of the Board, David Apeh, said Bobboyi made the plea at the inauguration of the Girl Child Community Center in Gafia Village, Kaita Local Government Area of Katsina State.

“Without education of the girl child, we can’t change our society, we should allow them to finish their secondary school education before marrying them off,” he said.

The UBEC boss advised that even after marrying, the girl child should still be allowed to continue the search for knowledge.

He said the commission was glad with the Kastina State Government for its numerous policies of promoting basic education especially that of the girl child.

In his remarks, the Deputy Governor, Kastina State, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, identified illiteracy and unemployment as major threats to the society.

He said Kastina State Government was prepared to work with UBEC to increase the number of such centers, so that the girl child in Kastina would have access to proper education.

The deputy governor commended UBEC and Senator Saddique Yar adua for his role in initiating the project in the state.

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