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Girl-child education my priority -Nasarawa First Lady

4th Jan, 2021 | By Nkechi Isa | ||

Nasarawa State First Lady, Hajiya Silifa Abdullahi Sule, has said that girl-child education and training of more women, especially widows, is her number one priority. The First Lady who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Silifa Abdullahi Sule Hope Foundation (SAS HOPE FOUNDATION), insisted that education and empowerment of more women would reduce the number of abuses and also contribute to national development.

The First Lady said these last week while speaking with journalists at the Nasarawa State Liaison Office, Abuja. She said: ''The issue of girl-child education is one of the issues my foundation is handling. "When I look at a girl that did not go to school, I shed tears for her because if you educate a girl, you educate a nation while if you educate a boy, you educate an individual. And that is my reason for prioritizing girl-child education in Silifat Abdullahi Sule Hope Foundation.

"Those that can't afford to send their wards to school---I have at the moment a number of them, over 500 orphans, most of whom are girls---that I am sponsoring in my state. I have focused on girl-child education." She added: "I'm not happy about what the girls and women, especially widows, are facing in this country. Widows are sometimes married because of their wealth or the wealth left behind by their late husbands and once these monies are taken, the widows are maltreated and even driven away. I have taken action on that. ''For those that molest them, I will continue to work on them and ensure that those who lost their husbands are treated equally as women.

''There is a committee set up in Nasarawa State to deal with such issues. We are working hand in hand with traditional rulers, the clergy and Islamic scholars to ensure that we fight for rights of women. ''I will continue to run programmes for widows to better their lot because the manner widows are treated in most societies is disheartening.'' On empowerment for widows, the First Lady said: "I have a skills acquisition programme that I run for the widows. I teach them how to make liquid soap, hand sanitizers, tablet soap, perfumes and a lot more, including tie and dye, popularly called adire.

''I give them capital at the end of the training. This capital I give as start-up ranges from N20,000 to N100,000, depending on the skill one learns." Hajiya Sule also revealed that at the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, she rose to cushion the effects of the situation on society's vulnerable, saying "I distributed palliatives in form of food, clothing and other domestic needs to people of the state including the physically challenged or people with special needs.''

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