Leave Kaduna If You Don’t Want to Send Your Child to School – Nasir El-Rufai to Parents

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai on Saturday sends
a strong warning to parents who don’t want to send their
children to school in September should leave the state or
would be jailed.
The governor, who stated this at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim
Government House, during the screening of the “He named
me Malala,” documentary organised by his wife, Hadiza,
said parents who did not want to take their children to
school, were free to leave the state.
He said, “You can leave Kaduna State if you don’t want to
send your child to school next month. No street begging
again. All our children must go to school. Any parent who
refuses to send his or her child to school will be prosecuted
and send to prison.”
This is just as the state Commissioner for Education,
Science and Technology, Prof. Andrew Nok, said the
current administration in the state had awarded
scholarships to 40 girls to study Medicine in Uganda as a
way of encouraging girl-child education.
Also, el-Rufai’ wife, Hadiza, said the percentage of out-of-
school girls was too high and the government had decided
to solve the problem.
She said young girls constituted a significant percentage of
the population and must be supported with education and
training required to ensure that they contributed effectively
to the society.
El-Rufai’s wife said, “I wish to start by thanking all of you
for coming to this screening of the ‘He named me Malala
Documentary.’ While most of us know Malala as the 19-
year-old Pakistani activist for female education and the
youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, it is important to know
where her journey started.
“Malala was just a regular Pakistani girl with a penchant
for education until in 2012 when her pursuit for education
resulted in her being shot and put in a coma. The attack
received worldwide condemnation, she has since
recovered from the tragedy and has translated this tragedy
to worldwide advancements in girl child education.
“In Kaduna State, we are working assiduously to create
opportunities, the percentage of girls out of school is way
too high and this is a problem we have decided to solve. In
cognisance of this, we are working hard to increase female
enrolment in good schools, improve school curriculum and
make affordable health care available for everyone.”

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