WOMEN in Kutugare in Afaka Ward Mando, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have decried lack of secondary schools in the community and are therefore calling on the state government under Mallam Nasir el-rufai to build one for them.
They also called for the rebuilding of their collapsed primary 6 building which had collapsed many years without being rebuilt.
The women leader of Kutugare, Hajiya Adamu Mohammed, disclosed this when a Non-Governmental Organisation–Tamar Love Foundation, visited the community to celebrate International Day of Rural Women recently.
Arewa findings gathered that 15th October of every year has been set aside by the United Nations to observe how our women are living in rural communities.
According to her, “we don’t have a secondary school for our children in our community. Also, our primary school children go to school without uniforms; there are no desks and books. Our primary 6 building has collapsed”.
Speaking further, she said their children trekked from Kutugare to Mando, a distance of about one hour to attend secondary school.
‘In this crucial time of road accidents, kidnapping and rape, we want to call on the state government to build a secondary school for our children so that our mind will be at rest.
In her address, the President of the Foundation, Mrs Tessy Dibal, said rural women played a critical role in the rural economies of both developed and developing countries, saying it was the reason the day was set aside to assess the contribution that women made in our rural communities as well as the challenges they faced.
“We are here in Kutugare community to empower the women and to teach you how to take care of your homes, children and how to use the little resources or products from your farms to make nutritious foods”, she affirmed.
“Women always participate in crop production, livestock care, provide food, water, fuel for their families and engage in off-farm activities to diversify their families’ livelihoods and even carry out vital functions in caring for children, older persons and the sick”, she said.
“Women in the cities easily get access to information through TVs, social media, among others, but the women in the rural communities do not, hence the need to enlighten them becomes necessary”, she concluded.