First Lady of Bauchi state, Aisha Mohammed has condemned the high rate of illiteracy and early marriage among young girls in the state.
Mrs Mohammed blamed the situation on parents who believed formal education for the girl-child was a mere waste of resources and shared her own story to back up her claims.
“I was 16 years old and a stark illiterate when I married my husband. We were 100 girls in our family; none went to school; I only started school after my third child,” she said.
“We were 100 girls in my family, but none of us had formal education; I had never been to primary school in my parent’s house. This is because our parents never believed in educating the girl-child; I struggled to go school, but they refused.
“I picked the challenge to be educated from my brothers and after I had my third child, I insisted my husband gets me a home teacher. That’s how I started and I later went to secondary school. Today I am a graduate of Public Administration from the University of Abuja,” she explained.
“The importance of educating not only the girl-child, but young people in the society would curb crimes and social vices in the society. Relevant government agencies and organisations should ensure that parents and caregivers are adequately sensitised on the need to allow young boys and girls go to school, ” she concluded.