Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR), an NGO, has appealed to the Federal Government to ensure that girls in hard to reach areas are not left behind and that all girls have access to important vaccines.
The vaccines include Tetanus, Rubella and Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine, among others.
Dr Aminu Magashi, Chairman, Board of Trustees, CHR, made the appeal in a statement issued by Asma’u Rufa’i, Knowledge Management and Communications Coordinator of the organisation on Wednesday in Abuja.
Does girl-child education have any impact in the Nigerian society or any other society for that matter? Of course, girl- child education has been identified as the backbone of the advanced societies of the world. It is a critical issue that should not be treated with laxity. Its impact in the society is numerous and includes; improving the individual, causing her to be productive and not a burden to the society; it improves the economy of the society through various means such as environmental sustainability; lowers illiteracy rate which also leads to lower poverty rate.
Nigeria has increased its funding to commitments for expanding access to family planning for millions of women and girls worldwide to four million dollars.
The Health Minister, Professor Isaac Adewole made this declaration at the Family Planning Summit in London, United Kingdom, where more than 60 governments and partners pledged commitments of at least $2.5 billion.
Professor Adewole said Nigeria’s commitment will go a long way in reaching thousands of women and girls with critical reproductive health information.
The Niger Child Right Protection Agency has warned parents against forcing their children into early marriages due to the bad consequences associated with such practice.
Hajiya Mairam Kolo, its Director-General, gave the warning on Wednesday in Minna, while distributing relief materials to victims of communal clashes in Lamba village of Paiko Local government area of the state.
She defined early or child marriage as any marriage involving a child that is less than 18 years old.
Sixteen year old Omonsiegho (not her real name), an SS3 girl in a mixed sex Boarding School was asked to stand on her desk; her offence? Not paying attention. For the rest of that class, the punisher; a middle aged, unmarried ‘Geography Teacher’ ignored her pains, suffering and tears as she shifted weight from one lower limb to the other, seeking any position that will reduce her pain and give her some comfort.
The daughter of the Zamfara state governor, Hajiya Zainab Yari, has drawn up an education programme towards checking forceful marriage through her Non-Governmental Organization, “Himma Community Health Circle Initiative (H. Coheic).
This was disclosed by the NGO’s Public Relations Officer, Eunice Bosua at a press conference in Gusau on Saturday.