KOGI House of Assembly has vowed
to ensure the legislation of good laws
that would promote the education
and emancipation of the girl-child in
the state.
Speaker of the state House of
Assembly, Prince Matthew Kolawole
made the pledge in Lokoja on
yesterday in a message to mark the
“2017 International Day of the Girl
Child.”
In the message signed by his Chief
Press Secretary, CPS, Femi Olugbemi,
Kolawole said the House under
his leadership would support and
promote every cause geared towards
making the womenfolk to take their
rightful position in the society.
The Speaker noted that in spite of
the fact that the country has come out
of economic recession, the challenges
confronting the girl-child were
enormous, ranging from deliberate
deprivations to gender-related
violence.
The Speaker therefore reiterated
the need for concerted efforts by all
stakeholders towards enhancing the
well-being of women and the girlchild.
He expressed the determination of
the Assembly to collaborate with the
Executive arm of government and
other stakeholders to empower the
girl child no matter the circumstances.
“I will continue to promote those
attributes that are geared towards
emancipating the womenfolk and for
them to take their rightful position in
the society.”
Kolawole commended President
Muhammadu Buhari for securing
the release of Chibok Girls, saying
that those still in captivity would also
breathe the air of freedom one day as
the Federal Government is not leaving
any stone unturned.
Speaker Kolawole commended
the New Direction administration of
Governor Yahaya Bello for placing
women in key and sensitive positions,
promising to collaborate with the
executive to ensure better life for the
girl-child.
He argued that as part of their
willingness to enhance the wellbeing
of the girl child, Kogi House
of Assembly was one of the first state
Assemblies in Nigeria to pass the
Child Right Act.
He therefore called on parents and
caregivers to pay closer attention to
the needs of the girl-child education.
SECRETARY of the Northern Elders
Forum, NEF, and former Vice Chancellor of
Ahmadu Bello University, Professor Ango
Abdullahi, has once again said that the
North is not afraid of break up, saying the
region is prepared to go back to the pre-1914
arrangement.
He made his views known at a two-day
conference on “The North and the Future of
the Nigerian Federation” organised by the
Arewa Research and Development Project,
ARDP, which commenced at the Arewa
House, Kaduna on yesterday.
“If we can’t go back to1914, we should go
back to 1960, regional governance. North is
not afraid of getting its North back, just like
those that want East and West. I see this as a
political manoeuvre and the North will not
take it,” he said.
He said that though restructuring means
different things to different people, his
opinion, it would not make any difference
because the problem is not really in the
structure, but the managers of the country.
“Restructuring means so many things to
many people, but to me, I am not speaking
for Unongo or NEF, when I was confronted
about this, by people from the South, we sat
with Prof Nwabueze and he said Nigeria
is unbalanced and Luggard made mistake
by amalgamation and North has always
dominated that’s why they asked for
national conference in 2014.
“We reminded him that the North has
always sacrificed for the unity of Nigeria. I
was a student when we got independence
and we saw that each time there was the
need to unite, Nigeria, the North made the
largest sacrifice,” he stressed.
He explained that the north has always
wanted a peaceful country.
“Now we have 36 states from three
regions which existed in 1960. No country
has had a constitutional conference like
Nigeria, yet it has not created the basis for
a united country.
“We ought to have realised that the failure
of operators of the country is needed, if we
want to restructure Nigeria, we have to start
from the beginning, 1914, North and South,
let’s go our separate ways,” he emphasised.
He said that such clamouring is not new
because it has always been an antecedent of
the South whenever a Northerner was in promote every cause geared towards
making the womenfolk to take their
rightful position in the society.
The Speaker noted that in spite of
the fact that the country has come out
of economic recession, the challenges
confronting the girl-child were
enormous, ranging from deliberate
deprivations to gender-related
violence.
The Speaker therefore reiterated
the need for concerted efforts by all
stakeholders towards enhancing the
well-being of women and the girlchild.
He expressed the determination of
the Assembly to collaborate with the
Executive arm of government and
other stakeholders to empower the
girl child no matter the circumstances.
“I will continue to promote those
attributes that are geared towards
emancipating the womenfolk and for
them to take their rightful position in
the society.”
Kolawole commended President
Muhammadu Buhari for securing
the release of Chibok Girls, saying
that those still in captivity would also
breathe the air of freedom one day as
the Federal Government is not leaving
any stone unturned.
Speaker Kolawole commended
the New Direction administration of
Governor Yahaya Bello for placing
women in key and sensitive positions,
promising to collaborate with the
executive to ensure better life for the
girl-child.
He argued that as part of their
willingness to enhance the wellbeing
of the girl child, Kogi House
of Assembly was one of the first state
Assemblies in Nigeria to pass the
Child Right Act.
He therefore called on parents and
caregivers to pay closer attention to
the needs of the girl-child education.

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