Children applaud Yobe Governor’s efforts to revitalize Education
19 October 2022 | 3:48 am
Members of the Children’s Parliament have raised the alarm over the betrothal of under-aged girls to old men for economic reasons.
A girl Champion of the Save the Children International have commended the Yobe State governor for revitalizing the Education system in the state Amidst displacement caused by Boko Haram insurgent
The member of the Yobe State Children Parliament Khadija Badamasi gave the commendation at a press conference organized by Save the Children International (SCI) highlighted some of the efforts including the establishment of the education trust fund, ascent to child Protection law and the justice reform law.
She pointed out that the initiatives have created enabling and secure environment for the girl child and indeed the children to prosper.
The champion while speaking on Education for crisis-affected girls and children with disabilities, expressed optimism that such laws and policies will address issues of early and forced marriages and make learning compulsory for all girls.
“Children with disabilities should be given priority owing to their peculiar conditions”, she stated.
Badamasi however called on partners to support the government in the full implementation of the laws for the interest of the children and the society.
The speaker of the children’s Parliament Yobe state, Hon Hamisu Mohammed while speaking on the effect of conflicts or crisis on girls’ education, said all hands must be on deck to ensure a safe education for the girls in the society lamenting out of school children could be easy abused or exploited.
He also commended the achievements so far recorded in schools enrollments by the present administration, calling for sustained peace and security for the children and the society as the way towards realising developmental goals.
Other members of the parliament, hon Zainab Ibrahim deputy speaker, and hon Dorcas Ezekiel representing potiskum spoke on the menace of early and forced marriage and strategies to a safe environment for children, respectively.
SCI Nigeria’s Director of Advocacy Campaigns, Communication and Media Mr Amanuel Mamo, in his remarks, called on the Federal, State and Local Governments to develop and fund national action plans to end child marriage and other forms of gender-based violence against children.
He also called on the government to increase funding and efforts to address gender-based violence against girls, including through funding child protection in humanitarian crises.
According to him, Nigeria has one of the highest numbers of child marriages and out-of-school children to the global caseload as the number of girls marrying each year was estimated to be around 12 million and 2 million of those girls were married before their 15th birthday.
While commending States that have passed the Child Protection Law, and urged all the remaining states to follow suit.
He said that having the Child Protection Law is a key legal instrument to ensure the rights of girls and boys and efforts should be excreted to fully implement it.