From Yahaya Audu, Bauchi
The Bauchi State Government in collaboration with Bauchi High Level Women Advocates, (HILWA) Wednesday rescued 450 teenage girls from child traffickers.
This was disclosed by a member of the Bauchi State High Level Women Advocates, (HILWA), a nongovernmental organization, Kalimatu Abdulkadir, during a news conference in Bauchi.
She said the organisation received information of teenage girls who were brought into the state from neighbouring states of Zamfara, Jigawa and Sokoto and were dispersed in two batches to Abuja.
” We contacted the Deputy Governor, Eng Nuhu Gidada who is the Commissioner for Education, who alerted the security agents and Investigations by security agents in the state revealed that some persons who engage in child trafficking business brought some girls from three northern states of Zamfara , Sokoto and Jigawa into the state”
“When the Traffickers brought the girls into the state, they camped them at an undisclosed destination in the state with a plan to be transported to Abuja.
“The girls were dispatched into batches. Some of the girls took Kano route while the remaining took Bauchi route to Abuja in order to avoid been detected by security agents on duty on the highways” She said
Kalimatu said security agents through intelligence report were able to track the whereabouts of the girls and they were rescued from thier captors. She added that the girls have reunited with their families and are all in stable condition.
Speaking, the Chairperson of HILWA, who also doubles as the only female member in the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Hon Maryam Bagel, called on government to increase funding for basic education in the state.
“Government should ensure adequate and timely release of counterpart funding for the DFID-supported Girls’Education Project ; develop policies and plans encouraging girls’ education; employ and deploy teachers to schools, especially female teachers; ensure continuation/sustainability of scholarship for female teacher trainees at the College of Education, Azare.
She also charged parents to send all their school-age children to school and ensure children complete schooling adding that ” communities should sensitise parents to see the benefits of education and send their children to school, especially girls; monitor teaching and learning in schools.
Hon Bagel enjoined traditional and religious leaders to advocate for girls’ education as well ensure that all children in their localities go to school.