Wife of Kebbi Governor Hajiya Aisha Bagudu, has urged northern state governors to provide quality education to repatriated almajiri in their respective states.
Hajiya Bagudu gave the advice on Monday while speaking with newsmen.
She said that the repatriation of almajiri in some northern states to their respective states of origin was an initiative in the right direction.
“The state governments, especially in the north, should take the initiative more serious and follow up the almajiri with quality education.
Also, Kaduna State Govt. evacuates 35,000 Almajiri children, receives more than 1,000 –Commissioner.
“They governments should be mindful that before their repatriation, these children were in an environment totally away from their parents and must have been accustomed to begging and living on the streets.
“This may have resulted in adoption of another moral character different from their states of origin,’’ she said.
She urged them to prioritise the continuation of both Qur’anic and western education for the children now that they are living with their biological parents.
“The state governments should be committed to the full protection of the fundamental human rights of the children,’’ she said.
The wife of the governor also urged parents to be vigilant to know the whereabouts of their children and friends now the cases of rape were rampant in the country.
Hajiya Bagudu, who is the founder of Mass Literacy Programme and Almajiri Initiative (MALPAI), affirmed her commitment to providing support to women to engage in entrepreneurship in order to be self-reliant.
She also promised to continue to assist them to acquire skills and materials to engage in commerce, agriculture and livestock production.
President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria is gradually moving towards food sufficiency as the agric revolution in parts of the country is yielding positive gains.
The President who was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival called on Nigerians to leverage on the gains of culture to build bridges of love and unity
It was an array of agric produce on display at the venue of the cultural festival. More striking are thousands of bags of rice turned into a huge pyramind with the unique display of the culture of the prople of Argungu such as the Durbar led by the Emir amid a procession of the food truck tug of war among others that were displayed to the admiration of guests.
The excitement is noticeable as the annual festival was put on hold 2 years ago as a result of insecurity in the State so having it this year means alot to the people
President Buhari led the Federal Government delegation to celebrate the 26th edition of the Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival.
While praising Nigerian farmers for their determination to help the country attain food security, the President also called for the unlocking of other tourist sites across the country to boost the tourism sector.
Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Bagudu wants the success of rice revolution in the country extended to other agric produce
The Emir of Argungu, Samaila Mera says the festival provides an opportunity for the people to tell their story of strength and resilience in the face of challenges
Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has approved the appointment of 40 Special Advisers (SAs) and 100 Senior Special Assistants (SSAs).
The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Babale Yauri, made the disclosure at a news conference in Birnin Kebbi yesterday.
“After the maiden meeting of the state executive council held at the council chambers today, all the executive council members have resolved to work together to support Bagudu in achieving the desired result for the development of the state,” he said.
Yauri said that Bagudu has also assigned portfolios to the newly appointed commissioners in the state, adding that the posting and appointments were with immediate effect.
Some of the Commissioners are Hajiya Ramatu Gulma, Ministry of Justice; Alhaji Ibrahim Augie, Ministry of Finance; Alhaji Kangiwa, Ministry of Water Resources; Alhaji Kaliel Gidado, Ministry of Youth and Sports; Hajiya Rakiya Ayuba, Ministry of Commerce and Industry; and Alhaji Mamuda Warra, Ministry of Information and Culture.
Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has likened the comment of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the judgement of the Supreme Court sacking Emeka Ihedioha as Imo state governor, to a call for anarchy.
The PDP chairman had described the verdict as a judicial coup, called for its reversal and the resignation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Muhammad Tanko.
Bagudu, who is also the governor of Kebbi State said the statement was contemptuous and disrespectful to the nation’s democracy.
He said it was unfortunate that those who are supposed to defend the judiciary are the same people disparaging them because the judgement on the Imo election did not go in their favour.
Atiku Bagudu released the statement in Abuja today, on behalf of APC governors.
“Following the verdict of the Supreme Court in respect of Imo State election petition, which declared Sen. Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the March 9, 2019 Governorship election, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) proclaimed the judgement as “miscarriage of justice” and alleged that the judiciary is “heavily compromised” and has “lost credibility”.
“These are depressing allegations coming from supposedly democratic leaders who should ordinarily be in the forefront of protecting and defending the judicial institution as the sanctuary of our democracy. It is contemptuous and disrespectful to our democracy.
“This is most unfortunate and condemnable. We call on Nigerians and all lovers of democracy in the country to rise to the defence of our democratic institutions, especially the judiciary.
“We must prevail on the PDP leadership and all politicians to exercise restraint by demonstrating unalloyed loyalty and respect for our democratic institutions, particularly our judiciary, which is the most important pillar of democratic governance.
“To allege that a judgement delivered by Supreme Court Judges is “procured” simply because it does not favour the PDP is an invitation to anarchy.
“It is on record that President Muhammadu Buhari has at all times stated his commitment to democracy and rule of law. Our party has lost elections we thought we would win. Equally, our party has been stopped from participation in elections by the judiciary, for example in Rivers State.
“The case of Zamfara where we won the election but the Supreme Court in its wisdom nullified all our votes and declared PDP candidates as winners is another experience. In addition, our party members have lost many cases, and even though our views differ from the judgement delivered, we do not disparage the judiciary, yet our views of the judgement differ from the court.
“As Progressive Governors, we hereby declare abiding faith in our judiciary and will at all times respect all decisions of our Judges at all levels no matter the circumstances. Our party and our members believe in the sanctity of our judicial institution as the last hope for justice for our people.
“We wish to unequivocally state our resolve to work with all democrats in the country to ensure adequate protection of democratic governance by respecting all judgements from our courts”.
Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has signed into law the 2020 Appropriation Bill of N138 billion, with funds allocated for the Argungu fishing festival and other cultural festivals across the state.
Governor Bagudu signed the 2020 Appropriation Bill into law at Government House, Birnin Kebbi, the state capital.
Bagudu disclosed that the budget would also take care of over 600,000 out-of-school children as part of the state’s commitment to World Bank programmes in the state.
“Some things we wish to do in 2020 that is of important to our state is Argungu fishing festival, and I am sure that there is appropriation for Argungu fishing festival. I am also sure that there is appropriation for Regatta festival, and certainly we would have more money for Uhola, for Hutogo festival,” the Governor stated.
“Thirdly, one of the major issues in our state among other states is out-of-school children. And I have no doubt that this has been taken care of in the budget. Because in our World Bank programme, ‘Better Education Service Delivery for All’, which is anticipating school feeding and mobilising over 600,000 out-of-school children. I am sure the budget has made appropriation for us to achieve this laudable objective.”
Governor Bagudu, who stated that capital expenditure remained at N86.72 billion, with recurrent spending at N51 billion, said his administration would facilitate all processes to ensure the smooth take-off of the Federal University of Agriculture, Zuru, recently approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He commended the House of Assembly members and MDAs for their budgets defence.
Earlier, Speaker of the Kebbi State House of Assembly, Alhaji Samaila Abdulmumin Kamba, explained that the lawmakers considered the 2020 Appropriation Bill and passed it within 27 days because of its importance to the state.
…says it will reduce maternal mortality, rate of infant
The wife of Kebbi state Governor, Hajiya Zainab Bagudu, has advocated for more investment in girl-child education as a tool needed to reduce the high rate of infant and maternal mortality in the country.
Bagudu made the remark during the 5th anniversary of the Green Heart Impact Foundation (GHIF) in Abuja.
NobleReporters culled that GHIF, is an NGO which focuses on taking girl-child hawkers off the streets, enrol them in schools and also empower their mothers in order to tackle the root cause of out-of-school children in Nigeria.
She linked lack of basic education among girls of reproductive age to Nigeria’s high rate of maternal and infant mortality.
“If women are properly educated the horrible statistics coming from the North would be drastically reduced.
“Women do not go to hospital to deliver. They do not use their mosquito nets. Even though the government spends so much buying these mosquito nets, they do not sleep under them, because of poor education, some of them don’t know what to do with it.” she said.
Bagudu said about 100,000 people in sub-saharan Africa can be saved from losing their lives to maternal mortality and other ailments, if a woman completes primary education.
She said an NGO like the Green Heart Impact Foundation should be partnered to reduce illiteracy rate among girls in the country.
“Things like what the Green Heart Impact Foundation is doing is what we really need to get back to. Going back to our grassroots, reaching out to those rural people and educating them.” Bagudu said.
The Founder of GHIF, Munira Suleiman-Nalaraba said her Foundation decided to focus on girl-child education and women empowerment owing to the alarming rate of out-of-school children in Nigeria, which is about 10.5 million children according to UNICEF.
She said though its ‘Books Over Trays’ project and a No-To-Girl-Child-Hawking campaign which started in 2017, GHIF has taken 76 girls off the streets from seven states, enrolled them in schools and empower their mothers.
“Green Heart Impact Foundation hope to train 1,000 girls in schools every year and equally empower their mothers.” Suleiman-Nalaraba said.
She said that GHIF, within the last five years, had helped to set free more than 120 prison inmates who were jailed for their inability to meet up with their bail conditions, paid medical bills for 500 people, attended to orphans and internally displaced persons.
She also said the Foundation had trained 750 young people, free of charge, at its two computer training centres in Kano and Kaduna.