Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state on Saturday threatened to imprison parents in the state who fail to send their children to school in September. The governor disclosed this during the screening of a documentary, “He named me Malala,” organized by his wife.
The governor said parents who did not want to send their children to school were free to leave the state.
“You can leave Kaduna State if you don’t want to send your child to school next month. No street begging again. All our children must go to school. Any parent who refuses to send his or her child to school will be prosecuted and send to prison.”
The first lady of the state, Hadiza el-Rufai lamented that the percentage girls out of school in the state was too high. She said young girls must be supported with education and training required to ensure that they contributed effectively to the society.
Explaining what gave rise to the documentary ‘Malala’ the first lady said: “While most of us know Malala as the 19-year-old Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, it is important to know where her journey started.”
“Malala was just a regular Pakistani girl with a penchant for education until in 2012 when her pursuit for education resulted in her being shot and put in a coma. The attack received worldwide condemnation; she has since recovered from the tragedy and has translated this tragedy to worldwide advancements in girl child education.
She added: “In Kaduna State, we are working assiduously to create opportunities, the percentage of girls out of school is way too high and this is a problem we have decided to solve. In cognizance of this, we are working hard to increase female enrollment in good schools, improve school curriculum and make affordable health care available for everyone.”