President of Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has stressed the need for the Federal Government to ensure the protection and empowerment of the girl-child in Nigeria.
Lawan disclosed this today in a speech delivered to mark the 2020 International Day for the Girl Child.
Lawan underscored that efforts must be made by government at all levels to prioritize the protection of the girl-child from violence, rape and all forms of discrimination. “We are in a situation where our girls need to be protected from violence. Our country and society must continue to support the girls in the area of educating and empowering them, and giving them all the available opportunities for them to actualize their potentials like the boys are given”, the senate President said.
Emphasizing that the girl-child do not enjoy equal opportunities like their male counterparts, he opines that they should be propelled to leadership positions in the country. “Today, we have only seven female senators. This kind of situation can be corrected right from the early stages when the girl-child is given all the opportunities. We hope that one day, this chamber should have fifty percent of Senators being female.” “We need to improve on this as a country by giving our girls the needed empowerment and skills that will propel them to become leaders in the future, and the country will be better for it,” he said.
The International Girl-Child Day was celebrated on Sunday, October 11, 2020.