Nigeria will achieve accelerated growth and development if it can check violence against the girl-child. Says by The Nigerian Girl Guides Association.
Mrs. Maria-Goretti Sule, who happens to be the Chief Commissioner of the Association, made the disclosure at a news conference in Lagos.
The conference was a good start of activities for the celebration of 100 years’ anniversary of guiding in the country.
The celebration will have the theme: “One Hundred Years of Inspiring Girls”. To the end of August 24.
Sule Portraits that, Nigeria needs proper enforcement of laws that protect the girl-child and enable them to be who they want to be.
She noted that there had been increased cases of rape of the girl-child by those who should be protecting her. Because she suffered violence many years back.
“We have kept quiet for too long and I do not think we should continue this way. Every child needs protection, especially the girl-child.” She said.
“We have come up with the child protective Act, and government must rise up to its responsibility in ensuring that it is given the required attention.
“We want bills against violence against the girl-child to be passed immediately in an attempt to put a stop to this disturbing trend both at the federal and state levels,”
“They should come up with child protection law; this is our area of concern, and we want to see governments at all levels to see its speedy implementation,” she said.
The chief commissioner urged the federal and state governments to support the association by reinstating subventions to it.
According to Mrs Onari Duke, Wife of former Gov. Donald Duke of Cross River will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony.
Others to play key roles at the event include the Wife of Lagos Governor, Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; the Wife of the immediate past Senate President, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, and Sen.Oluremi Tinubu.
Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, the wife of Edo Governor and her Ogun counterpart are also expected to attend the event.
As reported by The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that the Nigerian Girl Guides Association, founded in September 1919 in Lagos under the leadership of Jane Stacey, is a non-profit, non-governmental association for girls and women.
It is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, the largest voluntary movement dedicated to young women. (NAN)