- The President says his administration remains committed to women empowerment
- The First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan and DG NCWD, Lady Onyeka Onwenu made a case at the conference for legislative backing for girl child education
A two-day summit to commemorate this year’s Day of the Girl Child opened in Abuja on Monday.
In a message to the conference being organized against the backdrop of the kidnap of over 200 school girls from Chibok community in Borno State more than six months ago, and various threats to the education and emancipation of the girl child in Nigeria, President Jonathan gave the assurance that the government would continue to negotiate a level playing field with opinion leaders and community gate keepers to ensure that women take their rightful place in the scheme of things, especially with regard to elective positions.
The President expressed the confidence that the present insurgent activities threatening the country’s existence such as killing, kidnapping, trafficking and raping of innocent girls, would be surmounted.
“We are confident that in the end, we will triumph. We are not unmindful of the agitations to do more given the present circumstances” he explained.
He called on all stakeholders in public and private sectors to support the commemoration of the Day of the Girl-Child as an annual event in Nigeria.
According to Jonathan, the administration launched the Growing Girls and Women in Nigeria, GWIN, and a women component of the You Win programmes to ensure that women and girls benefit maximally from the dividends of democracy.
The First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, in her contribution, called on the legislature to pass laws aimed at guaranteeing that every Girl Child is educated and that more resources are invested in Women development.
Also in an address, the Director General, National Council for Women Development, Lady Onyeka Owenu, said that Nigeria is still among the nations facing many challenges in reaching set targets for Girl Child education as well as bridging the gender gap in primary and secondary education.
She commended the Nigerian First Lady for being the prime mover of the Summit and added that Education is a vital tool for empowerment, which allowed meaningful contributions to be made to society.
The two day summit with the theme, Reinforcing the Agenda for Girl Child Education, ends on Tuesday.