By Abdullahi Shugaba
Katsina, Oct. 12, 2020 High Level Women Advocacy (HILWA), an NGO, has hailed the increasing level of girls enrolment into schools in Katsina State, but said more needed to be done to ensure parity between boys and girls in the state.
The Focal Person of the NGO, Hajiya Mariya Abdullahi said in an interview with newsmen in Katsina on Monday, that the group would continue to advocate for girls enrolment in the state.
Abdullahi, a one time Commissioner of Information in the state, said HILWA has been in the forefront of advocating for girl-child education in the state.
She however expressed dismay that the state government did not organise any event to mark the International Day of the Girl-child, celebrated on Oct. 11, annually.
“Yesterday Sunday, 11th October 2020 was observed globally as the International Day of the Girl-Child but here in Katsina there was no occasion or ceremony to commemorate that.
“The UN Assembly on December 19, 2011 adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare every October 11, as International Day of the Girl-Child.
“The aim is to recognize the unique denials and challenges facing Girl-Child around the world.
“We know the challenges facing the girl-child in terms of pursuance of western education among others in Katsina State.
“I can assure you that following our advocacy visits to political and religious leaders, emirs and relevant stakeholders, the enrolment of the girl-child in schools has been very encouraging.
“We are, however, trying to ensure that no girl is given out for marriage, until she at least finishes secondary school.
“HILWA is also making efforts to ensure that the Girl-Child is empowered and given all rights due to her,” Abdullahi said.