DAY OF THE GIRL-CHILD & MATTERS ARISING

October 11 is celebrated globally as the Day of the Girl-Child. Year 2018 is no exception with theme With Her A Skilled Girl-Force and celebrities using the occasion to not only promote the Empowerment of the Girl-Child but also making a Vow against Child Marriage and other issues bedeviling the Girl-Child such as Female Genital Mutilation, Rape, Human Trafficking and the threat to Girl-Child Education in certain parts of the country; Worthy of mention is of course the kidnap of over 250 Girls’ of Government Secondary School Chibok Borno State in 2014 and 110 Girls’ from Government Secondary School Dapchi Yobe State both in North-East Nigeria
If the Sustainable Development Goals is to be achieved in Nigeria, there must be a coordinated mechanism by relevant stakeholders in seeking for not only the protection of the Girl-Child but also her Well-Being. Every resources must and should be tailored in getting every child off the hazard of the streets to the comfort of a classroom. Education must be protected from insurgents who are adamant in perpetuating fear as they are aware Education is a gateway for the Girl-Child to develop her capabilities and recognizing that ‘ Her Voice is Her Power.