Mobolaji Abati

Stakeholders in Nigeria have been called upon to join forces to address the various challenges facing the girl child in our society.

The Chairperson, National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Ogun State Chapter, Modupeola Sobukonla made this call in a release issued in commemoration of this year’s International Day of the Girl Child.

In a statement issued and made available to the inklinetimes, the chairperson stressed the need for parents to provide good nutrition for the girl child for proper development of body and brain, charging them to also ensure girl child is allowed access to education, health care and other opportunities like their male counterpart.

While calling on the National Assembly to enact legislation against early and forceful marriage, Sobukonla also charged the government to “stop paying lip service to issues of rape and sexual abuses by coming up with a legislation and stringent punitive measures without option of fine against abuser without any further delay”.

The International Day of Girl Child is celebrated every 11th October as declared by the United Nations. The theme of this year celebration is “My voice, Our Equal Vision”.

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