Kaduna LG Passes Bye-Law on Technical and Vocational Education for Rural Girls
As part of efforts by the to make education accessible to girls in Kaduna State, the legislative assembly of Kudan local government council has passed a bye-law to appropriate budgetary allocation for Technical and Vocational Education (TVE) for women and girls in the local government to equip them with skills to make them self-dependent.
The bye-law was passed following an advocacy of rural women in the community under the umbrella of Advocacy for Compulsory Technical and Vocational Education (ACTIVE 4 Rural Women) led by Women Connect Initiative and Gender Policy Unit of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria with support from RiseUp.
Addressing the press after the passage, the Speaker of the legislative council Habibu Danlami stated that the bye-law is long overdue considering the need to formally position Kudan girls and women in the frontline of entrepreneurial development in Kaduna State saying that there are too many industrious girls and women in the local government to be overlooked.
“The passage of the bye-law is consistent with the plan of the Governor Ahmed Nasir El-Rufai’s government to ensure compulsory education for girls. What we have done today is to look in the direction of technical and vocational education.
“We are aware that the world is moving fast and away from conventional learning environment. We do not want to be left behind. We want to build the capacity of our women to help us grow our local economy and state.
“With this bye-law, we have prepared the foundation for our girls and women to thrive and in within the next ten years our local government will produce leading women entrepreneur in Kaduna State” he said.
Similarly, Timothy Elisha, a fellow of RiseUp and program officer with Gender Policy Unit of ABU Zaria noted that the bye-law is strategic in helping the local government attain sustainable livelihood for women.
“The passage of the bye-law is timely. It is coming at a time when Nigeria is trying to diversify and achieve sustainable development goals one to five such as no poverty, zero hunger, gender and equality. The passage is one step to achieving the SDGs” he said.
In a similar vein, Victor Osae Ihidero, a fellow of RiseUp called on other local government council legislators in Kaduna State to follow the steps of Kudan LGA in instituting inclusive local governance saying that the world is moving towards production economy.
On her part, Hajiya Murjanatu Suleiman-Shika, the Director of Women Connect Initiative thanked the local government for listening to the voices of women and ensuring that there is a specific bye-law to promote sustainable livelihood for rural women.