As Nigeria participates in commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child, the wife of the president, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has promised to advocate for legislation against child marriage.
Mrs. Buhari made this promise when about fifty adolescent girls paid her advocacy visit in Abuja as part of activities wrapping up the even in the country.
During an interactive session with the girls, Mrs. Buhari who promised to advocate publicly for legislation against child marriage also encouraged parents to keep their daughters in school for at least 12 years. “No single girl will be left behind in my movement to get every girl into school,” she promised.
This was contained in a press release sent by Mr. Geoffery Njoku of UNICEF office in Abuja yesterday and made available to Nigerian Pilot.
Also, to commemorate the occasion, Mrs Buhari was vested as the Grand Patron of High Level Women Advocates for Girls Education in Nigeria.
In the statement with the theme,“The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030”, UNICEF and other partners, including Federal Ministry of Education, focused activities on the power of education on adolescent girls and its capacity to help them overcome all challenges that affect their lives and inhibit their prospects of advancement.
The UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, JEAN Gough said, “Adolescent girls should be empowered through deliberate policies to transform their lives and those around them. Young girls who are educated are better placed to improve their own and their children’s health and chances of survival, and boost their work prospects.’’
In response to this, UNICEF with funding from the United Kingdom Department for International Development, DFID, and counterpart funding from five participating states started the Girls’ Education Project Phase 3, GEP3, aimed at achieving one million enrolment of girls into school by the end of year 2020.
The project is currently running in five Northern states of Bauchi, Katsina, Niger, Sokoto and Zamfara. Since implementation commenced in 2012, the project has contributed to the enrolment of additional 360,000 girls in primary schools in the five states.

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