By Felix Khanoba
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called on Nigeria to boost investments aimed at promoting girl-child education across the country.
UNICEF Country Representative, Peter Hawkins, who made this call in Abuja on Friday during the celebration of 2019 International Day of the Girl Child, said Nigeria needs to do more by ensuring that girls are not left out of school.
“Nigeria really needs to make efforts to enroll more girls and keep them in school. If Nigeria fails to make it, Africa will not make and the global community will not make it. UNICEF is calling all stakeholders, including government agencies and parents to ensure quality education for girls and address all factors affecting them,” Hawkins, represented by Dr Aniefreda Kisesa said.
Speaking on the theme of the event, ‘Girl Force: Unscripted and Unstoppable’, Hawkins lamented that huge potentials have remained untapped as millions of children, a lot of them girls, continue to miss out on education.
Also speaking at the event organised by UNICEF in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Education, Department for International Development (DFID) and other partners, Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr Ramatu Tijani, challenged parents to focus more on educating and empowering their children, especially girls to usher in brighter future.
She urged the religious leaders not to focus only on helping girls spiritually but also by giving them education, saying that educating a girl serve as an investment in the family and country at large.
The AUTHORITY reports that since 2011, October 11th every year has been designated as the International Day of the Girl. It is set aside by the United Nations for promoting the rights of girls and addressing the unique challenges they face.