Kirfi, Bogoro LGs set up Child Protection Committees
.Bauchi targets 400 schools, communities for Global Hand Washing Day
By Rita Michael,
Kirfi and Bogoro local government areas of Bauchi State have set up Child Protection Committees to identify challenges encountered by children in their respective communities to improve their social well being.
During the inauguration of the committees, the Executive Director of Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative, Hajiya Maryam Garba, said that the committees were expected to educate community members on Child's Right and the need to protect such rights in line with the culture and religion of the people.
She pointed out that children in rural communities had suffered neglect, hence the need to protect their rights to basic and affordable education, healthcare and protection from all forms of abuse under the pretext of culture and religion.
Maryam Garba implored the committees to carry traditional and religious leaders along so as to improve the nutritional status of children, increase school enrollment and check increasing incidence of rape.
Also, Mallam Danjuma Musa of the education department of Kirfi LG identified poverty as the major factor hindering children from attaining their set goal in education, assuring that the committees would mobilize stakeholders to urgently address the matter including conflict arising from location of schools.
In the same vein, the Education Secretary of Bogoro LGA, Mr. Zakka Dunga, said that children in the community had been denied the right to quality education because of inadequate teaching staff as those that retired or died have not been replaced while several children still learn under the trees without recreational facilities.
About 30 women, youth and the physically challenged drawn from Bogoro and Kirfi LGAs attended the harmonization of taskforce on Child Protection meeting in Bauchi as sponsored by Actionaid Nigeria under its Local Rights Programme (LRP).
Meanwhile, about 200 schools and 200 communities in Bauchi State have been targeted for the celebration of the Global Hand washing Day (GHWD) 2017 in the state.
The Permanent Secretary, Bauchi State Rural Water Supply Agency (RUWASSA), Garba Magaji, disclosed this in Bauchi.
“As you are aware, in 2008, the 15th day of October every year was designated by the UN General Assembly, as GHWD, a day dedicated to raising awareness and understanding about the importance and benefits of the simple act of hand washing with soap or ash as an effective and affordable way of preventing diseases and saving lives especially that of children,” he said.
Magaji said that no fewer than 5000 people in the state were expected to be reached with the GHWD 2017 message with the theme, “Our Hands, Our Future.”
He said at least 250 pupils each from the eight Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria (SHAWN) Project supported local government areas in the state are expected to participate during the celebration.
He noted that regular washing of hands with soap or ash has been shown to reduce the incidence of diarrhea diseases by 50 per cent and pneumonia by 25 per cent.