Authorities in Funakaye Local Government Area of Gombe State have taken over the sponsorship of the education of 37 girls to cover the six years of junior and senior secondary school.
Chairman of the council, Alhaji Ibrahim Yusuf, disclosed this in Bajoga, headquarters of the LGA while speaking to news men on the Council’s achievement and efforts to promote girl-child education within 10 months in office.
Alhaji Ibrahim told reporters that, “the Federal Government Girls College is located in our domain but we do not have our children in the school, hence the need to encourage them.”
He stated that girl-child education is a critical issue that should not be treated with negligence adding that “Its impact in the society is numerous including improving the individual, causing her to be productive and not a burden to the society, improving the economy of the society through various means such as environmental sustainability, lower illiteracy rate which also reduces poverty rate”.
“The girl-child needs to be educated to acquire knowledge and skills needed to advance her status for social interaction and self-improvement. Educating the girl-child also prepares her to face the reality in society and teaches her to be a good wife and mother”, the Chairman stressed.
Speaking on his achievements in other areas, Alhaji Ibrahim said, the council donated 40 rooms to the newly established Gombe State Polytechnic in Bajoga to serve as boy’s hostel and purchased JAMB forms for the less privileged in the area.
In the area of health, he said the council repaired the ambulance which was grounded for years, renovated the cold store and taken a pro-active measure by supplying drugs in case of outbreaks of disease.
“We have decided to provide a conducive place for grain merchants because our people are predominantly farmers. People come from all over the country to purchase grains and even outside the countries like the neighboring Niger republic and Cameroon” he said.
In the area of electrification, he said 64 poles which were destroyed by windstorm were replaced while a 500 KV generator was purchased by the council and is now serving some villages.
He said four solar boreholes were rehabilitated within Bajoga town while the Earth dam in Wawa village was expanded for domestic activities adding, “Initially they were using the Earth dam for domestic activities at the same time drinking. Now we have allocated a water tanker to be supplying drinking water twice daily to the community,” he said.
The chairman said there was tremendous improvement in the area of Agriculture as the council was able to repair four tractors which the council allocated to those in needs at affordable price.
Yusuf said, the council in collaboration with state government embarked on the construction of 8.8km township roads and five kilometers was successfully completed.
He attributed the success to the support of Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo as well as cooperation of his council members saying, “When I was inaugurated as the council chairman in February 2017, I used my initiative with the support of the state Government to boost the locally generated revenue as well as blocked all the leakages“he said.