The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Lagos State Chapter, has called for the adequate provision and access to education for girls.
The association through its chairperson, Adeola Ekine made the call in commemoration of the International Day of the Girl child 2019.
Mrs. Ekine who explained that with the increasing rate of out of school children in Nigeria, with more girls as victims, there is an urgent need to provide educational access for girls.
Speaking on this year’s theme which is: “GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable” Ekine said there’s no way girls can be relevant without adequate education.
She called on government at all levels to play their roles in ensuring girls have access to adequate education. She stressed the need to focus on informal settlements and rural communities because girls in those areas do not have access to education.
In the same vein, Ekine called for urgent actions in tackling the rape menace, paedophiles and sexual abuse. Reacting on the recently released documentary on SexForGrade by BBC, she said the act occurs in secondary schools as well and expect that adequate legislation be put in place to address sexual harassment and rape not just in higher institutions but also at secondary schools.
She also urged journalists to shed more lights on the plights of girls in accessing education.