Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the governor of Kano state, temporarily handed over authority to Atika Abubakar Yankaba, a 14- year- old girl, as part of celebrations commemorating the 2021 International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC).
The 14- year- old was assigned to act as Governor for one hour and was expected to make policy announcements.
The historic occasion, dubbed ” Girls Take Over Governance, ” was organized by UNICEF in collaboration with donors and civil society organizations in the state.
How Gov Ganduje Dropped Ego, Allow 14yr- old School Girl Become The State Governor For 20 Minutes
Abdullahi Ganduje, the governor of Kano State, on Monday ” temporarily” handed over the governorship seat to Atika Yan’ kaba, a 14- year- old teenager, for one hour to administer the state.
At the government House in Kano, the symbolic gesture was made to honor International Day of the Girl Child, which was organized by SUBEB and UNICEF.
Following the takeover, the ” symbolic” governor convened a council meeting, with other schoolgirls acting as members of the governor’ s cabinet, with the girl- child given priority.
The dramatic executive council meeting took place in front of Ganduje and his cabinet.
Ya’ nkaba returned the power to Ganduje after the ceremonial summit.
Ganduje expressed his admiration for the ” previous governor” in his remarks.
” I’ m blown away by the way you managed your government. I was watching your executive council meeting on television and noticed how much emphasis you put on girls’ education. ”
” We will also pay more attention to the development of girls, ” Ganduje stated.
On Monday, Dorcas Joshua, too, took on the role of Minister of State for Education for one day.
At a gathering in Abuja to commemorate International Girl- Child Day, she advocated for more investment in education.
Digital generation, our generation; Digital Revolution: Not without females, was the subject for the 2021 edition of the day.
” An examination of data from Nigeria’ s annual school census for 2019/2020 shows that the average transition rates from lower basic education to upper basic education for the northern states of Kano stands at 58 percent, ” Joshua stated. Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, and Zamfara are some of the states in Nigeria.
” The national average for transitioning girls from primary to junior secondary school is 64%.
I find even the national average to be unacceptable. Girls’ enrolment and transition continue to be jeopardized, according to data. Even when enrolled, girls are less likely than boys to finish secondary school for a variety of reasons. ”
” Only one out of every six girls who complete elementary school is able to progress to secondary school. ” Where are the rest of the gals, I inquire? ” We have to track them down. ”
Meanwhile, Mr Sonny Echono, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, stated that no economy can reach its full potential without the participation of women, youths, girls, and boys.
The 20 Minutes Gov Adderesses The State Executives, Made A Demand, See What She Demanded
A video clip posted on Facebook shows Atika Abubakar Yakamba, a 14- year- old secondary school girl who was given a chance to rule Kano for 20 minutes by the state’ s executive governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, speaking before the State Executive Council at the Government House in Kano.
In the video, the teenager, who was given a short period to govern the state on the 11th of October 2021 as part of activities to mark the International Day of the Girl Child, told the state’ s highest decision- making body that infrastructure provision as part of governance, as well as how to put an end to the proliferation of beggars in the state, are two key areas that need to be focused on right now.
The Facebook post that captures the video can be seen below. You can also watch the video where the intelligent young girl addressed the state cabinet members below!
Recall that shortly after the tale of the 20- minutes- rule surfaced on social media in the country, many people chastised Kano State governor, claiming that 20 minutes is insufficient time for adults to have any impact on governance and that adults should talk like teenagers.
2 Reasons Nigerians Should Commend Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje For Handing Over Power To A Girl For 20min
It Gives A Girl Child Value: We all know that some Nigerians do not value a girl child. Even if a guy has ten female children, in some rural places, they will declare he has no one to represent him if he has no male child, because the female kid will one day marry and no longer wear her father’ s name. However, this governor’ s actions will change people’ s minds. The female child will be valued as a result of this behavior. The girl child is, in fact, capable of leading.
It Will Motivate Nigerian Females To Sit Up: This act will motivate and inspire Nigerian females to sit up. It demonstrates that they are valued and have a role to play in moving the country forward. Furthermore, it will teach women to see themselves as more than just housewives, but as future leaders as well.
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