The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Abubakar Saad III, has pledged to ensure that the Sultanate Council, the government and entire people of Sokoto state, embraces and promote girl child education in the state for as long as he lives.
He made the pledge while addressing newsmen at a two-day media dialogue on ‘Educate-A-Child (EAC) Cash Transfer Programme in Northern Nigeria’, organised by the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Information.
The Sultan who stressed on the enormous and unquantifiable benefits of western education especially as it concerns the girl child explained that not until recently, most indigenes of the state were suspicious of western education.
According to him, the present 80 percent male dominance witnessed in human resource for health and education in the state was highly unacceptable especially in the face of the high child- maternal mortality which was most paramount in Sokoto State.
Represented by the Sarkin Yakin Gagi, Sani Jabbi, he stressed that the Sultanate Council would not rest on its oars until an equal representation of both male and females was achieved to ensure all areas were duly covered as far as education and health were concerned.
“Until of recent, northern states feared exposure to western education especially for girls, with claims that it would interfere with the cultural and religious beliefs of the people due to the curriculum in use even though that has not been the case.
“We will continue to struggle to the end of our lives to ensure that every girl-child is enrolled in school, complete the school, transit to secondary school and complete it. We need more professionals in human resource for health in girls. We need a more human resource in the teaching profession in Sokoto. What we have now is largely dominated by males; about 60-80 percent is male-dominated and demand for the human resource in education and health is needed.
“If you go to rural areas where we have a high burden of child-maternal mortality, as a result of the community not allowing females to search for knowledge in health-related professions as a result of male domination.
“It means there is a need for all males to support girl-child education so that we can have a more human resource for females in the health and education profession. We will continue until we ensure that 50 percent female and 50 percent male is achieved. But for males to be 80 percent, this is unacceptable.
“The curriculum being introduced in western education is still from the western imperialism and has not ben adjusted. We are still strongly against mixing mature males and females in school to mingle together, that is why it tends to limit male participation.
“It is time for us to sustain advocacy and sensitisation, to sustain male involvement for a human resource which is largely female,” he said. (New Telegraph)