Girl-child education: Sanusi commends Gov. Yusuf’s commitment
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Girl-child education: Sanusi commends Gov. Yusuf’s commitment

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The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has commended Gov. Abba Yusuf for addressing the plight of pensioners and paying attention to girl-child education in the state.

TheNewsZenith reports that the commendation is contained in a statement issued by Sani Abba-Yola, Director of Special Duties in the State Ministry of Information and Internal Affairs.
According to the statement, the Emir gave the commendation when two state commissioners visited the Palace on Friday.
The Commissioners are Baba Halilu Dantiye of Information and Alhaji Mohammed Tajo Othman of Science, Technology and Innovation.
The Emir said the present administration paid attention to pensioners who had previously been thrown into hardship and poverty due to unpaid pensions and gratuities.
“The difference between paying attention and not paying attention is sometimes the difference between life and death for the pensioner or his family. Some of them have died.
“We must always remember that we are all accountable to God Almighty for not fulfilling our obligations to those who served the state for 35 years,” he said.
The Emir praised Gov. Yusuf for the recent disbursement of N6 billion in gratuity and death benefits to pensioners.
And the additional release of N5 billion for continued payments, alleviating the financial burdens on retired workers.
“The payment of N11 billion within one is certainly commendable,” Sanusi said.
He also noted with delight the governor’s efforts at improving girl-child education in the state.
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Sanusi noted that Gov. Yusuf had recorded tremendous achievements in girl-child education.
He cited provision of shuttle buses and teaching and learning materials for girls’ schools as commendable.
The Emir emphasized that girl-child education addresses issues such as child marriage, antenatal care, malnutrition and poverty, which require urgent attention.
He urged the private sector to complement the state government’s efforts in building more schools. And, providing transportation and school feeding programmes for students.
The Emir cited the alarming statistics from 2017, indicating that about 50 per cent of children in Kano were malnourished.
According to him, this is leading to weakened immune systems which hampered their growth.
Sanusi further praised the government’s initiative on the rehabilitation of nutrition centres. He pledged his support towards overcoming malnutrition in the state.
Speaking earlier, Dantiye said the visit reaffirmed the collaborative efforts between traditional leaders and the government.
He highlighted some of the achievements of the government in education, health and the payment of retirement benefits.
“This will assist in addressing key issues affecting the well-being of the people of Kano,” Dantiye said.,%20I’
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