Plan International Nigeria Launches Girls Get Equal Campaign
The Plan International Nigeria has launched its new Country Strategy Paper and Girls Get Equal Campaign in Abuja,Nigeria.
The campaign tagged” Transforming Power Relations in Favour of Girls is part of Plan Nigeria’s global campaign Girls Get Equal.
The campaign outlines new detailed strategy the organisation will work, in the next five years to realize the ambition, including the channels and those to work with in actualising the work plan.
Speaking at the launch the Country Director, Plan International Nigeria, Dr. Hussaini Abdu, said the organisation would empower 100 million girls in Nigeria by 2024 to change the narratives that reduce women to become the most vulnerable in the country.
“Nigeria will be contributing 10 million girls out of 100 million girls, which makes 10 percent of the girls targeted in our strategic plans for the next five years”
‘Our strategic plans to empower 10 millions girls in Nigeria is in top gear and we are committed to changing the narratives that have reduced women to become the most vulnerable in the Nigerian society.”Dr Abdu said.
Dr Abdu called for stronger partnership with the governments, both at states and federal levels as well as Non Governmental Organisations, academia with capacity for research.
“We recognize that we cannot just drop numbers and statistics but come from a point of concrete knowledge and practices to ensure we meet our goals.”
“Remarkably, at this moment of our national development, this population also constitutes a substantial percentage of our populace. Our responses to their issues, the impacts of the social environment in which they grow up and our ability to help them shape a future of hope for us, for themselves, is vital for our future generation and our country at large.”
“In other words, our responses individually or as a whole will determine not just the future of these girls, but the future of the nation itself.”he added.
In a remark, the Chairman Senate Committee on Health ,Dr. Ibrahim Oloriegbe said government would continue to maintain collaboration with Plan Nigeria and other development partners in addressing child and maternal healthcare for the 2020 and beyond.
“Hence in addressing child and maternal healthcare for the 2020, Our committee have budgeted 1 billion Naira for that in the next year budget.”we have increased malnutrition budget from 250 million last year to 850 million this year.”
In a message to the occasion, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar-Farouq said the minstry was ready to work with Plan International in Nigeria to achieve every goal outlined in the Strategy presented.
“I believe through our shared initiatives we will be able to reach our goals of ensuring that every girl child in the ravaged communities has access to quality education, quality healthcare services and better future.”
On his part, Chairman Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Sadiq Umar said every bill on the Girl child would get the outermost priority and support.