Khadijat Saidu, Birnin Kebbi
Northern Governors wives have reiterated their resolve to curb drug abuse and other social vices bedeviling society.
Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu Stated this on Friday in Birnin Kebbi when the members of the Forum paid a courtesy visit to her husband, Senator governor Atiku Bagudu.
She told her husband that they were in Birnin Kebbi as part of their routine meetings to contribute to national development.
“We are here, as usual, to meet and deliberate on ways to support our spouses to boost good governance,” she said.
According to her, their focus now was the eradication of substance abuse, sexual abuse as well as social vices in the northern states and other parts of the country.
Dr. Zainab decried that the drug menace was a major source of concern to themselves and their husbands.
She averred that part of the ways the forum adopted in tackling the menace included counseling, and keeping youths occupied through sports and recreational activities to become useful members of society.
She acknowledged the sustained support of the Kebbi state government to curb the menace.
The wife of the Kebbi State Governor further said she led her guests to visit a Drop-in Center at the motor park as well as the female rehabilitation center at the NDLEA headquarters in Birnin Kebbi.
The Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, Senator Abubakar Atiku acknowledged the invaluable roles their wives were playing.
He described them as tools of motivation for women in the country, individually and collectively.
“You need to be encouraged and supported as mothers and leaders.
“You are commendably mobilizing women to do better and curbing the drug issue which is a national menace,” Bagudu added.
The Chairperson of the Northern Governors Wives Forum, Architect Hadiza Isma Elrufai said that the forum holds periodic meetings to discuss issues of common interests irrespective of party affiliation.
She said that they were coming together to find plausible solutions to the common problems facing them, especially drugs.
She commented Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu and her peers for their efforts in their respective states.
The Chairperson of the Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum and wife of Ekiti State Governor, Mrs Bisi Adeleyi Fayemi appreciated their husbands for their sustained support.
She said that sequel to such support, 31 states had signed the VAPP law as at August,2022.
She also said the forum decided to work on gender-based violence and sought the cooperation of Governors to declare a State of emergency on the scourge.
Highlights of the event include the presentation of the award to Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu in recognition for assenting to the law on violence against individuals and protection of the rights of children.
The wives of the governors at courtesy call at the Council Chamber, Government House Birnin Kebbi were the wife of Kebbi State Governor, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, the wife of Kaduna State Governor, Architect Hadiza Isma El-Rufai, the wife of Ekiti State Governor, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, the wife of Niger State Governor, Dr. Amina Abubakar Bello, and wife of Taraba State Governor, Barrister Anna Ishaku.
The rest were, the wife of Sokoto State Governor, Hajiya Mariya Aminu Tambuwal, the wife of Jigawa State Governor, Hajiya Magajiya Badaru Abubakar, the wife of Plateau State Governor, Mrs. Regina Lalong, the wife of Nasarawa State Governor, Hajiya Silifiyat Abdullahi Sule, the wife of Kogi State Governor, Hajiya Rasheedat Yahaya Bello and the wife of Zamfara State Governor, Hajiya Aisha Bello Matawalle.
Also present were the Special Adviser to the President on Investment, Hajiya Maryam Uwais, the wife of the Minister of Justice, Hajiya Fatima Abubakar Malami, the wife of a member, House of Representatives, Shanga, Yauri, Ngaski and wife of Kebbi State APC Governorship candidate, Hajiya Nafisa Nasir Idris.
Top Government functionaries during the event were the State Deputy Governor, rtd Col Samaila Yombe Dabai, the Speaker Kebbi State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Muhamad Sani Abubakar Lolo, the Secretary to the State Government, Babale Umar Yauri, mni, the Acting Head of Service, Alhaji Safiyanu Garba Bena and the Commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals Development, Alhaji Hayatu Bawa.
Others were the Permanent Secretary, of Higher Education, Hajiya Halima Boyi Dikko, the Permanent Secretary of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Aishatu Maikurata as well as the Special Adviser to the Governor on Women Affairs, Hajiya Zara’u Wali.