By Lawal Sa’idu Funtua
The Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission,UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi has disclosed that Northern Nigeria hold the record of having the highest number of out of school children in the world.
Bobboyi made the disclosure yesterday while speaking at the commissioning of Girl Child Community Centre in Gafia Village, Kaita local government Katsina state.
The executive secretary recalled that in the past 400 to 300 years back women in the Northern Nigeria have been playing active role in the field of knowledge and scholarship.
He added ” without education of the girl child we cannot change our society. We should allow them to at least finish their secondary school education before marrying them up”.
Bobboyi was however quick to point out that they are not against marrying up girls but what they want according to him is to ” allow them to continue the search for knowledge even after marriage”.
He commended Katsina state government for it’s numerous policies of promoting basic education especially according to him the girl child education.
Similarly, Bobboyi commended Senator Abubakar Saddique ‘Yar’adua who initiated the three projects in Katsina state that were sited in Gafia, Kurfi and Katsina metropolis.
In his remarks at the occasion, Deputy Governor, Katsina state, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu has identify illiteracy and unemployment as the major threats to the society.
He also commended UBEC and Senator Abubakar Saddique’Yar’adua for their foresight in initiating the projects.
The centre has the following facilities reception, coordinator’s office, staff room, two classrooms, computer room with ten sets of computers, workshop, five toilets, solar powered panels and inverter and furniture.