SENATE President, Dr. Abubakar
Saraki, has joined the world in
the 2017 commemoration of the
International Day of the Girl,
In a statement signed by his
Special Adviser on Media and
Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, in
Abuja, Saraki stated that IDG2017
is an opportunity for law and policymakers,
community leaders and
families to re-evaluate, highlight and
scrutinize the unique challenges that
girls across Nigeria face.
Saraki said, “Today, all around
the world, organizations and
communities are coming together to
celebrate the role of girls and women
in our societies as we commemorate
the 2017 International Day of the
“In order for our collective objective
of having a Nigeria with empowered
citizens — both men and women
— to be realized, we must all come
together at all levels of governance to
ensure that girls and women across
the country have increased access
to quality education, affordable
healthcare, and safe homes and
“The 8th Senate is taking steps to
alleviate the prevalent problems
in this regard. We have passed the
UBEC Act amendment bill which
will increase access to education for
more young girls across Nigeria.
“In this regard, we join the world
today in committing to redouble
our efforts to improve the quality
of life for our girls. We also hope to
continue to provide a stable socio-

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