Sultan To Train 200 Boko Haram Orphans
The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar will train 200 children whose parents were killed by the Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast.
He announced this at the opening ceremony of the 28th National Conference of the Muslim Sisters Organization of Nigeria with a theme:” Muslim Women and Emerging Challenges .”
The three-day conference is holding at the auditorium of Umaru Shinkafi Polytechnic, Sokoto and had drawn participants from the 19 northern states and the neighbouring Niger Republic.
He said that there were more than 50,000 of these orphans in various camps across the region.
Sultan Sa’ad who described their plight as sympathetic, said they were making arrangements to bring at least 200 of them to Sokoto and a house had already been prepared for them here.
The aim, he said was to train them to any level of education they so desire so that they could have a bright future.
The monarch, also challenged the organization to brainstorm on plausible ways to curb the high cost of marriages, high rate of divorce in the north, as well stemming the tide of drugs abuse.
He further underscored the importance of girl child education, women empowerment and reducing the vulnerabilities of women and children.
Also speaking, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko averred that, he had since established a Centre for Women Education and Empowerment in Wamakko town, while fourty one married women had since graduated from it.
Represented by Professor Mukhtar Bunza of the History Department, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Senator Wamakko said that, the centre was set up to train married women in various vocations.
Gov. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal promised to construct the Secretariat of the Organization on a plot donated to it by the administration of Senator Wamakko.
The National Amirah( President), Hajiya Amina Musa Sakaba stated that the theme of the conference was chosen to raise issues affecting the contemporary Muslim woman.
She said,” this conference will raise awareness for a possible action plan by the Muslim Ummah on some burning issues affecting our society. It is time for the Muslims to stop being reactionaries .’