By Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
Wives of the 19 northern states’ governors under the auspices of the Northern Governors’ Wives Forum (NGWF) have expressed their resolution to promote the enrolment, retention and completion of girls in schools “who still lag behind” in terms of education compared to their southern counterparts.
Speaking Tuesday during the opening ceremony of the Northern Governors’ Wives Conference held at the Yankari Games Reserve in Bauchi, the host and wife of the Bauchi State governor, Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed Abubakar, noted that women in the region share similar socio-economic problems such as illiteracy and poverty, hence their resolve to complement the efforts of their husbands to surmount the problems.
“It is sad that women and girls suffer rape and different kinds of abuse on daily basis in the society. Therefore all hands must be on deck to stop the menace,” she said.
According to her, the objective of the forum is to support the activities of the office of the wife of the president, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, and complement governments’ programmes to improve the plights of women and girls who are vulnerable members of the society.
She said the forum is currently working on women empowerment, infant health, girl child education and child abuse, among others.