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NGOs enroll 1,500 married, adolescent ladies

Speaking at the launch of a day nursery, clinic, borehole and toilet donated to the Women Day Secondary School in Maiduguri by the NGOs, Mrs…

Speaking at the launch of a day nursery, clinic, borehole and toilet donated to the Women Day Secondary School in Maiduguri by the NGOs, Mrs Esiet said the focus of the project “is the reintegration of married and adolescent girls into schools. This is in view of the various benefits that accrue to educating the girl child, such as increased economic productivity, improved health and quality of family life, and more effective investments in the generations to come.”

Wife of the Borno governor and first lady, Mrs Fatima Ali Modu Sheriff, said the project clearly demonstrate the commitment of the donors to create an enabling environment to educate women so that they could take decisions for the improvement of their health and well-being of their families and the society in general, at the same time providing services for the comfort of the babies whose mothers were undergoing training.

Dr Mairo Mandara, the Country Representative of Packard Foundation, a charity trust, said the project would give adolescent married women, as well as nursing and pregnant women a second chance to acquire education while providing them with medical treatment, clean water and modern toilet facilities. Dr Mandara tasked the Commissioner of Education to take up the challenge to replicate the projects across schools in the state to benefit more women.

Hajiya Moduram Grema, the President of Community Health and Youth Friendly Association (CHAYFA) said with the provision of the facilities, “the challenge before the beneficiaries is to complement their efforts by taking good care of all the facilities and hoped that the State Ministry of Health, as a matter of urgency, posts a nurse to manage the facilities.”

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