– Eunice Ortom, the wife of the Benue state governor, alleges that attacks by herdsmen have increased the number of orphans and out-of-school girls in the state
– Eunice states that 90% of adolescent girls in the state who live in crisis-prone areas were more likely to be out-of-school than girls who live in conflict-free areas
The wife of the Benue state governor, Eunice Ortom, has stated that 19 out of the 23 local government areas of the state had been under siege by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
The governor’s wife made the disclosure on Thursday, October 11, when speaking at the celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child organised by the Eunice Spring of Life Foundation, The Punch reports.
Eunice stated that the alleged attacks by herdsmen had increased the number of orphans and out-of-school girls in the state.
The governor’s wife stated that violence targeted at women could lead to sexual and physical violence, child marriage, exploitation and adolescent girls’ trafficking.
She raised concerns about the education of adolescent girls in the state, noting that 90% of them who live in crisis-prone areas in Benue were more likely to be out-of-school than girls who live in conflict-free areas.
“This is a clear danger signal for now and the future because the Benue woman advancement agenda we have been promoting and celebrating is likely to have a short lifespan if changes are not made,” Eunice Ortom said.
“The danger clearly lies in falling education and training of Benue children to take up the challenges of being creative in solving emerging issues, problems and contributing to the social, political and economic growth of the state.
“It is worrisome to note that the herdsmen attacks on 19 of the 23 local government areas of the state have resorted to an increase in the number of orphans due to the death of many parents while many of the children, particularly, female are out of school.”
Meanwhile, some protesters on Tuesday, October 9, stormed the streets of Jos, Plateau state to protest the killings in the state.
The protesters who shutdown commercial activities in the popular Jos city called for the prosecution of those behind these killings.
The protesters, under the aegis of The Faithful, a group of clergymen, also want owner of the deadly mining pond in Dura Du, where the car belonging to the missing General Idris Alkali (rtd) was found arrested and prosecuted.
While the protesters were intercepted by a team of mobile police men on their way to the palace of Gbong Gwom of Jos for security reasons, the convener of the group, Rotdunna Sekat, called for the prosecution of the former state governor of the state, Jonah Jang, as one of the brains behind the bloodletting in the town.
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