20 May 2021 by Florence Adewale.
Wife of Kebbi State governor, Dr. Zainab Bagudu has called for political will to support and encourage the education of women and girls especially in science related courses.
She made the call at a forum organised by an NGO, Adiyan Arise foundation to advocate for improved maternal care system in Nigeria.
Dr. Bagudu said this would go a long way to change the narrative of cultural barriers that led to maternal and child mortality in the country.
“We need to encourage the young ones especially young girls to engage in science related courses, aside developing their skills, but engage in more advocacy programmes, to have more women that will encourage the non educated ones, this would go a long way to change the narrative of child and maternal mortality in the country.” Dr Bagudu said.
In a remark, the minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen who appreciated the foundation pledged Government’s commitment in supporting the organisation to ensure Nigerians win the war against child and maternal mortality.
The panelists at the occasion urged stakeholders to create an enabling environment to allow women share their experinces to encourage others live better lives.
In her contribution, the Executive Director of the foundation, Mrs, Mabel Adiyan-Ade called on stakeholders to always advocate for women as many go through the trauma of child bearing and other diseases.
“Clients or patients that come to the hospital sometimes cannot access drugs so we need to advocate, when we go back today to be part of the advocates, today I have told a story, the success of given birth to my last child was because i was treated and not asked for money before treatment, I was told to pay at my own pace after getting better.”
Highpoint of the programme was presentation of a book to the public titled ‘fruit of pains’