1 An NGO, “The High Level Women Advocate (HILWA)” in Katsina State, has called for the enactment of a law providing for 35% participation of women in decision-making positions in education.
2 HILWA President Hajiya Mariya Abdullahi made the call during a two-day roundtable with Katsina State Assembly members on Saturday in Kano.
The meeting was organized by the NGO in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
3 She said the meeting with lawmakers aimed to develop a roadmap for the implementation of the law on compulsory access to education for all children.
“And also to support the bill to pass a law to provide the 35% of positions for women in the education system.
“The meeting will also give them the opportunity to identify the roles of each stakeholder in the implementation of the law,” she said.
According to her, HILWA had presented two bills before the assembly, including that of compulsory access to education for all children and that of 35% for women’s positions.
Abdullahi said the Compulsory Education Bill has already become law, while HILWA is working to ensure that the second does as well.
In response, the President, Alhaji Tasi’u Maigari assured that the assembly will do everything possible to see the passage of the bill.
“I know there will be challenges and changes on the bill, but I assure you that before the end of our mandate, it will be a reality like the other law.
“The swift passage of the Compulsory Education for All Children in the State Act was a great development for the assembly and also for HILWA,” he said.
Maigari said the assembly is committed to delivering laws that benefit all people in the state, especially those on education.
Earlier in his remarks, Mr. Rafid Aziz, the head of the UNICEF field office in Kano, said that “the problem with the enactment of laws is implementation, so we call for rapid implementation .
“Women’s education is very important, which is why UNICEF is always committed to ensuring that all children go to school, especially girls.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the participants came from the Ministry of Education, Assembly, SUBEB, Justice, HILWA, Media and UNICEF among others.