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Mothers now give their daughters to bandits for money – Kaduna commissioner laments

The commissioner for human services and social development, in Kaduna state, Hafsat Baba, has said that women are now giving their daughters to bandits for money.

The commissioner made  this revelation, Wednesday at the 22nd meeting of the National Council on Women Affairs which took place in Abuja.

While addressing a congregation of people as a panellist on girl child development and school safety, Baba said parents who gives their daughters as hawkers and house helps to bandits are contributors to the growing rate of out-of-school girls in Nigeria.

Data from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) revealed that 60 percent of the above 10 million out-of-school children in Nigeria are discovered to be girls.

The commissioner has shown concern over the attitudes of parents’ towards effecting the safety of their children.

Baba said “We have talked about insecurity but we also have a little thing to blame. What about these informants? They are from us, they inform the bandits because they have made it a business. I see women even giving their children to the bandits, to go and sleep with the bandits in order to make money.

“If you look at our streets, you will see them going about with their little bowls and the most disturbing thing is that the children have now become the breadwinners of the family.

“Even apart from insecurity, we have these children on the street that hawk and engage in all sorts of menial jobs. Our young girls were being taken from their community, from their states to another state to go and become baby nurses, they cook and sweep.

“This also stops them from going to school apart from the insecurity we are talking about because that means that the child is not secured. If a child becomes the breadwinner of a family, what is the essence of the parents? What are the responsibilities of the parents?

“These are all things we need to sit down and look at deeply. How does it affect the girl child? How does it also affect the family collectively? Whatever intervention we are doing, we also need to learn from each other.

“It is our collective responsibility to ensure that we keep our children safe. Safety is very key both in school and at home. With the recent insecurity, it is now a wake-up call for us to be more vigilant as government, parents, community and religious leaders. Security is everybody’s business, without security, children cannot go to school.”

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