Gov, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi (R), with his Wife, Dr Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu at the 5th Kebbi Women Ramadan Lectures/NAN

Kebbi State has secured a 70 million dollars World Bank Grant to strengthen Adolescent Girl-Child Education.

Gov. Atiku Bagudu disclosed this at the 5th Kebbi State Women Ramadan Lecture Series held in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital on Saturday.

Alhaji Bagudu explained that with the grant, women in the state, especially adolescent girls would be taught more skills, coupled with both formal and non-formal education.

”Such skills will enable the girls to be more productive and self reliant, even in their matrimonial homes”.

“The good news is that, the more we invest in women, the more prosperous our society will be”.

“The grant will complement the various programmes and policies aim at making life better for the girl-child, women and other vulnerable groups in the state” He stated

Alhaji Bagudu stressed that women must be supported to play their societal roles, just as it has been ordained by the Almighty Allah.

He observed that women play key roles in the routine running of the society, apart from their respective family responsibilities.

“If we religiously heed to the various Islamic injunctions as regards our entire lives and family bonds, we will live in a more healthier, safe and peaceful society

“Our various families, diligently anchored by our wives, mothers and daughters will be able to surmount all the formidable challenges and survive any economic turbulence,” he added.

The Governor commended the convener of the lectures and First Lady, Dr Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu and the other active collaborators for making the event a huge success.

On her part, Dr Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu said successes of Ramadan period depends on women contribution not just to their homes but to the society at large.

“We must also appreciate the tireless efforts of our husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, especially during this month where we seek Allah’s blessings and reward”.

“As Muslim women, we contribute a lot to not just our homes but to the society at large and a huge part of the successes of Ramadan period depends on us”

“That means, we can do more to ease the month for many who may not be as blessed as some,” she said.

Participants who spoke at the event includes; Sheikh Abubakar Giro, represented by Dr Attahiru Ahmad-Sifawa, Dr Isma’il Mufti-Menk who joined virtually with Sister Na’ima Robert and Dr Jabir Maihula.

Topic discussed include Innovative Islamic Ways of Management in COVID-19 Era, Family Obligation of Wives in Times of Economic Hardship and Curbing Gender Based Violence.

The lecture was attended by former Speaker House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole and Speaker, Kebbi State House of Assembly, Samaila AbdulMuminu-Kamba and othe top government officials.