As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark Day of the Girl child with The theme for this year’s celebration, ‘’Girl Force: Unscripted and Unstoppable”.
The Minister of Women Affairs Mrs. Pauline Tallen says educating the girl-child is the key to unlocking access to the economic and social development of Nigeria.
The women affairs Minister Pauline Tallen while receiving women groups in her office to mark 2019 Day of the Girl-Child in Abuja expressed concern about the-high population of school children across the country and stressed the need for concerted efforts to achieve sustainable development goals four on inclusive education for all children.
She said “The ministry has inaugurated a Technical Working Group aimed at reducing 50 per cent of child marriage by the year 2025, and a National Strategy Document has also been developed to ensure zero child marriage in Nigeria by 2035 Responding, Mrs. Vivian Sonny-Nsirim, the founder of a Non-Governmental organisation (NGN) the Young Mom’s Support Initiative urged the Federal Government to implement policies that would check abuses and sexual harassment against the girl child.
Sonny -Nsirim condemned the altitude of some lecturers trading marks for sex, describing the act as indiscipline in the education sector which should be checked. “I see no reason why some lecturers would want to sleep with a student in exchange for grades, this is an act of indiscipline and destructive to the girl-child academic pursuit. “We cannot continue running the nation’s education system this way!” Sonny -Nsirim appealed to the government to take proactive steps towards ensuring that the remaining Chibok girls were rescued and united with their families.
She reiterated the commitment of her organisation to ensuring that every child was given equal opportunity to enjoy inclusive education. She said this would be one through its various campaigns on the promotion of the Child’s Right Act in the country.