By Augustine Aminu
The Principal Partner of Halima Alfa and Associates, Barr. Halima Alfa, has called on authorities the National Assembly to make legislations that will address all the barriers that hinder the girl children from achieving her full potential.
At an event organised to commemorate the 2018 Day of the Girl Child in Abuja, the Kogi State born legal icon cum politician said that advocacy should be increased by civil society organisations on the welfare and protection of the girl child.
While stressing the importance of culture to the African child, Alfa said that culture, tradition and religion which had been regarded as barriers to girl child education should be modified to meet the realities of the 21st Century.
She said: “I am a typical girl child because I was married out at the age of 17n, I did not regret it anyway, but to some, I could affect them.” She said that “I think parents should insist on ensuring that their girl children receive the best of education”
“Government at all levels must start investing in girl children beyond the classrooms but also empower them with enduring skills that will make them compete effectively with their contemporary outside Nigeria.”
Alfa called on President Muhammad Buhari to do all within his powers to bring back the remaining Chibok girls as well as that of the lone Dapchi schoolgirl, Miss Leah Sharibu, who is held back by the insurgents on account of her Christian faith.