by Solomon Osadolo
The administration of the Kano state governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, is known for its interest in social and family issues. Periodically the state government conducts marriages for several hundreds of widows in the state at a time. Now it is seeking to dabble into a variant of that – making the marriages to actually last.
So Gov. Kwankwaso has said that his government would move to stop the persistent cases of divorce and broken homes in the state, but didn’t state how exactly the government hopes to achieve that ambition.
Kwankwaso said this while declaring open a 2-day special marriage counselling training programme organised by the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development for couples. He was represented at the event by the secretary to the State Government, Dr. Rabiu Suleiman Bichi.
The governor was of the view that societal challenges like drug abuse, prostitution, girl-child trafficking and begging have their roots in the breakdown of family values and ignorance of Islamic teachings pertaining to marriages and family affairs.
He said that divorce have led to negative consequences in the family structure and those consequences have led him to direct the state’s Hisbah Board to collaborate with relevant organizations to find immediate solutions to these social vices.
Also speaking at the event, the state commissioner of Women Affairs, Dr. Binta Tijjani Aliyu, said the State Government regards divorce and broken homes as a social problem and as such, her Ministry is embarking on advocacy visits and sensitization campaigns to address it. She said that Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has provided the needed support to actualize the program, said that over 500 married women, widows and divorcees are taking part in the program from the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.
One hopes that as Gov. Kwankwaso and Dr. Aliyu tackle these issues they should push as well to domesticate the Child Rights Act in that state, which is only one of 12 states yet to domesticate the act. It is one sure way to check the increase in societal vices which the state government frowns upon.