The governor of Kano State, Abdulahi Ganduje, has stated that the stated has formulated a new education policy that requires young girls to obtain at least a secondary education before getting married.
This, Governor Ganduje said, has reduced the menace of child-bride in the state.
Ganduje disclosed this a fortnight ago during the 2019 Human Rights Summit/Award with the theme, ‘Adopting Rights Based Approach in the Public Sector Sustainable Development Agenda’, organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) where he was one of the awardees.
The governor also stated that the almajiri system of education is now being integrated into the modern system of education.
His words: “The much talked about almajiri system is now being integrated with modern system of education.
“The girl-child education, you know the problems of marrying underage girls, but from our policy now, all our girls have to at least finish secondary education before they are married.”
Northern Nigeria and Kano state in particular has one of the highest rates of early marriages among girls in the country.
He explained that his government introduced free and compulsory basic and secondary education and is also taking care of all the out-of-school children to make sure they are being given the opportunity for education.