Nigeria holds conference for girls

By Temitope Mustapha,  Abuja

Investment in Education of girls and ensuring that they remain in school have been identified as best option for girls, as it will enable them to reach their dreams.
This was a consensus among participants at the Girls Conference event organised by the Nigerian goverment to commemorate the 2019 International Day of the Girl Child IDG,  in Nigeria .
Participants called for action to end issues of child marriage, occurrences of Gender based violence against the girls, and their being used as sex slaves.
They also lamented the girls Failure to complete their basic education due to insecurity and vulnerability of the family.
The Spokesperson of the DFID, a major sponsor of the G4G, Girls for Girls programme presently cordinated by UNICEF in some Northern State of Nigeria restated UNICEF’s commitment to 12years quality education agenda of Nigeria.
The Director General of the National Centre for Women Development, Mary Ekpere-Eta, disclosed that the Nigerian goverment has embarked on a policy to subsidise the cost of menstrual pads as as well begin free distribution to school girls across the country.
Ekpere-Eta called on companies that produce sanitary pads to support the goverment policy and key into the gesture as part of their corporate social responsibilities through contributions, price reduction and availability.
Lateefah Ibrahim