HASSANA ADAMU 2Niger State Chairperson of HiLWA, Hajiya Hassana Adamu

Niger State House of Assembly has assured officials of High Level Women Advocates (HiLWA), of the legislative support on issues concerning gender especially girl child in the educational system of the state.

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The assurance was given when the delegation of HiLWA paid the leadership of the Assembly a courtesy visit.

The Chairman, House Committee on Education, represented by the Vice Chairman, Hon. Engr. Mohammed Haruna, member representing Bida 2 Constituency said it is a collective responsibility of the Executive, Legislative as well as Judicial arms of government, to collaborate in ensuring that every child is enrolled in school especially the girl child. He advised the delegation on a continuous advocacy in order to achieve the objective of the Association.

Earlier in her remark, the UNICEF education specialist and also the national chairperson of HiLWA Mrs. Azuka Menkiti explained that the team from 14 Northern States were in the state to hold a national workshop for High Level Women Advocates, who have committed their time, resources and talents to support the work that UNICEF is doing to increase the enrollment, retention and completion of education in Northern Nigeria.

She further stated, that HiLWA was established to support the enrollment drive, girls for girls (G4G) and advocate for increased participation of women in education management at school, local government and state levels supported by UNICEF.

She lamented over the statistics report conducted by UNICEF in the annual school census in the state, which is not encouraging and called for necessary action to change the narrative.

Mrs. Menkiti stated that HiLWA will continue to collaborate with all the state Assemblies in Northern Nigeria especially Niger State to monitor the girls, work with parents as well as come up with legislation that will support the complete enrolment of every child especially girls in Northern Nigeria.

On her part, the State Chairperson of HiLWA, Hajiya Hassana Adamu, who was one term Hon. Commissioner of Women Affairs in the state re-emphasized the aim of the Association, which was targeted at improving the girl child education in the state and the country at large.

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