ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, Abuja
Senate on Thursday summoned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Idris Ibrahim and chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Yusuf Buratai to brief the Senate Panel on step taken so far to ensure freedom of kidnapped of secondary school girls in Chibock and Dapchi by Boko-Haram.
Senate’s decision was sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujinmi on international women’s day celebration who expressed dissatisfaction with reoccurring kidnappings of young school girls in the North East.
Olujinmi who fumed against the kidnapping of school girls said that the development may prevent Nigeria from achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
Presenting a motion on the International women’s day, Senator Olujinmi that the international women’s day is a day set aside to honour the achievements of women and call attention to their rights.
Olujinmi said, “Achievement of the goals including ending poverty, promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, reducing inequality and empowering women and girls rests upon unlocking the full potential of women through the instrumentality of education.”
“The recent kidnap of 110 school girls in Dapchi, Yobe state and the earlier kidnap of over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno state is ugly trend that is yet to be tackled , the girl child education which is part of the objective of goal number of 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would have been lost in Nigeria even before the 2030 target year.”
Supporting the motion, Senator Attai Aidoko who described hself as half woman urged the lawmakers to collectively support women in view of continued marginalisation and targeted women attacks women by terrorists.
In his remarks, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu who presided over the plenary session said “We need to celebrate our women every day. We must commend them for the jobs they do in their offices and in our homes. We encourage them to hold more leadership positions in the country.”
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