Initiative for Grassroots Advancement, INGRA, an NGO has called on Kogi state government to fast track implementation of the Child Rights Law to guarantee full protection of the girl- child in the society.
Mr. Hamza Aliyu, Executive Director of the NGO made the call in a press conference on Tuesday in Lokoja as part of activities to mark the International Day of the Girl Child.
Aliyu said that the United Nations General Assembly on December 19, 2011, adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11, as the day for the girl child in recognition of the challenges they face such as child marriage, rape and child labour and sexual exploitation.
“Kogi government through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development must as a matter of urgency, fast track measures to ensure the implementation of the Child Rights Law to provide the framework for the protection of the Girl Child in particular and Children in General.
“As the international community assesses the progress under the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs and sets targets for 2030, it is critical to understudy the issues that confront the girl child in Nigeria and Kogi State in particular.
“Cases of abuse and exploitation of the Girl Child have been on the increase ranging from denial of education to early marriage, Female Genital mutilation and rape.
“The rampant cases of hawking and child labour has now come to represent the fate of the Girl child in the state”, he said.
He decried the increasing violence (both physical and psychological) on the Girl Child, which according to him, had more often than not, resulted in rape, early pregnancy, infections and death.
Aliyu appealed to the Civil Society Organizations, CSOs, to bring to the fore issues of the Girl Child especially as they relate to her development, even as he stressed that abuses must be promptly exposed and necessary sanctions meted out to the offenders.

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