The Northern Governors’ Wives Forum, NGWF has expressed concern over increasing cases of kidnappings and the number of out-of-school children in the Nineteen Northern States.
The chairperson of the forum and the wife of Kaduna state governor, Hajiya Hadiza El-Rufai made this known while speaking with newsmen on the activities lined up to address challenges in the region.
Hajiya Hadiza explained that the forum which was in support of school closure in volatile areas said that was the only way to keep children safe as a short-term measure.
She appealed to the federal government, state governments, and security agencies to urgently evolve new Strategies to address the insecurity which was posing a threat to national development.
Hajiya Hadiza explained that the forum had decided to tackle gender-based violence and drug abuse urging the media to amplify the voices of the forum.
The vice Chairperson NGWF, Olufolake Abdulrazaq, first lady, of Kwara said the forum was also executing some projects to ameliorate the plight of children in the Nineteen Northern states.
According to Mrs. Abdulrazaq, though children may not be able to go to school in some parts of the country, state governments are making use of the Radio, Television, and online platforms to engage school children while sporting activities are being supported to engage and promote peace and love among youths at the grassroots.
She called on all stakeholders, especially men, to continue to help in championing an end to sexual, gender-based violence and gender equality.
In a remark, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Investments, Madam Maryam Uwais emphasized the need for the Federal Government to work with the NGWF to address the plight of children, noted that the government was presently running a project aimed at addressing the issues of at-risk children and youths.
Madam Uwais further explained that the Federal Government was collaborating with the forum and other stakeholders to select 50 educated unemployed youths in all local governments who would be placed on N30,000 monthly salary to mentor and guide those that are out of school to return to school and remain in schools.