Bauchi, Maiduguri plagued by women dying of childbirth, out of school children – Guber aspirant, Abubakar


 

A total of 1,549 women out of every 100,000 in Bauchi and Maiduguri States die during childbirth.

This is according to the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar.

He reeled out the figures during an interview with newsmen in Bauchi, on the heels of his victory at the keenly contested primary election in which he polled a total of 370 votes to defeat six other aspirants,

Abubakar, the immediate past Chief of Air Staff who also lamented the high rate of out-of-school children in the state pointed out that only 29.9 percent of young people attend school in the state, expressing worry over the teeming jobless youths in the state.

Insisting that a platform must be created for all to be meaningfully engaged, Abubakar said all hands must be on deck for that to be achieved.

”The problems we are facing in our society today are problems you cannot solve as an individual or just as a government.

“We need the involvement of the people, you need to really reach out and make sure that everybody is able to put in some ideas as to how to resolve some of these serious problems.

“Health is an issue, we have quite a number of women that are dying, 1,549 women for every 100,000 births, die because of issues that are related to health facilities, the absence of adequate support for them. This is no small loss that our state is making and I believe that everyone must be committed just as we are to changing the narrative and protect the lives of our women,” he declared.

”We have problems with the education which is a very serious one, 1.4 million out-of-school children that are all looking up to us to see how we can provide the required leadership that will get them back into their classes.

“If you look at even the attendance, the people attending schools, we have only 29.9 percent of students that are attending school for various reasons. These are very serious issues that we will sit together and put all hands on deck so we can find solutions to that.

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