The event put together in partnership with Zontal International Club in Nigeria and Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), attracted 441 people which included female students from 29 schools, representatives of 12 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and journalists from 22 media organizations.
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Speaking at the occasion, the National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, reiterated the commitment of the United Nations system in Nigeria to the promotion of girl child education for the girls’ personal advancement and the nation’s development.
Mr Soremekun, who read the message of the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Mr Ban Kimoon and conveyed the warm wishes of the Resident Coordinator of the UN System in Nigeria, Mr Daouda Toure on the occasion, noted that the UN through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), is collaborating with the government of Nigeria to improve children’s access to education and revitilise Adult and Youth literacy in the country.
In his message, Mr Kimoon noted that empowering girls, ensuring their human rights and addressing the discrimination and violence they face are essential to progress for the whole human family. He pointed out that one of the ways to achieve those goals was to provide girls with the education they deserve.
The Secretary General called for fresh solutions to girls’ education challenges and enjoined all to heed the voices of young people. “On this International Day of the Girl Child, let us work together to invest in education so that girls can advance in their personal development and contribute to our common future,” he added.
Also speaking at the occasion was the President of Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), Ms Hafsat Abiola-Costello, who urged all the female students at the event to be proud of their parents for sending them to schools as there are many in other parts of Nigeria who do not have the opportunity of attending school.
She charged them to take their studies seriously; be each other’s best friend and work together for a better Nigeria.
In her goodwill message, the President of Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr Joe Odumakin, observed that the future of any nation depends on the girl child. . “Parents should know that the girl child is their present as well as the future, and therefore, should invest in her,” She added.