A short visit to Gwandu LGA by UK Deputy High Commisioner to a Fulani Rugga, a rice mill as well as traditional cap weavers was organized on 12th December 2019 as part of her 3 day official visit to Kebbi state.
Ms Gill Atkinson and Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu were met by the Chairman Gwandu LGA, Alhaji Bello Kurya, and other elders of the area such as Alh Umar Kambaza, Hassan Shalla, and Hon Muhammadu Gwandu.
In Fallali Rugga, the visit started with a rich display of Fulani traditional dances, cattle dance, tour of huts, presentation of milk and fura to the August visitors etc.
The village head used the opportunity to thank the Kebbi state government under the leadership of Senator Abubakar Bagudu for uplifting the life of the people in the community. He confirmed that a school, pipe borne water and fence has been provided for them, thereby reducing tension between neighboring farming communities.
The entourage visited the school where they met the children having lunch provided under home grown school feeding program. The head teacher disclosed that prior to introduction of the program, only about 15 pupils were in the school; whereas now a total of 75 pupils attend. Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Hajiya Raffatu Hammani said 40 nomadic schools were built by the Kebbi state Government in the last 4 years and 40 more have been approved by the Governor.
The Deputy High Commisioner was then led to a mini Rice Mill in Gwandu procured and donated by Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu to women cooperatives 18 months ago. She was taken through the process of peeling, destoning and polishing rice.
Alongside the rice mill, is a groundnut pressing machine which women bring to make groundnut oil which they sell for profit.
Also at the Gwandu center she met over 50 young girls who make traditional Northern caps, a famous product of the area.
Ms Atkinson was deeply impressed by the entire visit and encouraged the leaders to keep their beautiful girls in school as education is key to national development.