The Federal government has reiterated its commitment in ensuring the promotion of the girl child rights to address poverty among women in the country.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen made this known at close out event of the Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises ‘ENGINE II’ to mark International day of a girl child in Abuja.
Represented by the Director Child Development, Hajiya Jumai Mohammed the minister stressed that the ministry was working assiduously to ensure the implementation of all the provisions in the child rights act especially the girl child education.
Hajiya Mohammed stressed that the ministry in collaboration with other partners are embarking on regular sensitization programs to discourage early marriage.
“Even last week, the minister was in Bauchi Gombe and Adamawa to deliberate with religious leaders and traditional rulers to discourage parents from marrying out the children early.”
Earlier, the Program Director, Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises Mrs Joy Aderele said her organisation had embarked on various enlightenment programmes on radio to reach more girls in the rural communities.
She said “In line of this years International Day of Girl Child commemorations, Mercy Corps and Tabitha Cumi foundation charges all actors to see the importance of girls’ education and life skills interventions to reimagine a better world inspired by adolescent Girl’s – who are energized and recognised, counted and invested in.
In her contribution, the Executive Director, Tabitha Cumi Foundation Tayo Erinle said the foundation had supported the implementation of the UKAID funded projects at the rural communities in the FCT and pledged to sustain the tempo to encourage young girls to be self reliant.
“The pair mentoring for teachers, those training are the training that teachers has not had in FCT for so many years before the engine II started, they have committed to continue after the programme.”
Some of the participants said ENGINE II programme had made them more confident to compete favourably with their counterparts globally.
“I am really grateful for ENGINE II programme and it has really help me financially, it has expose us to know what to do with our dream, we should not let it die but build on it.’
‘I am very happy because though I am in a rural community, I am very proud because my voice has gone beyond.”
The theme of the event is ‘My Voice, our Equal Future’.