By Gami Tadanyigbe
Kuje (FCT) – Women Friendly Initiative (WFI), a Non-Governmental Organisation, in Kuje, FCT, has called on the Federal Government to adequately fund girl-child education for the development of the country.
Mrs Rosemary Adejo, the programme coordinator of the organisation, made the call on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kuje.
Adejo said there was need for the government to invest more in the girl-child education to promote nation building and reduce street begging in some parts of the country.
“The girl phenomenon is not adequately addressed, especially when it comes to their welfare and role in nation building.
“Parents of the girl-child, especially mothers, consider their daughters as tools for generating income due to poverty and illiteracy instead of sending them to school.
“Sometimes girls become vulnerable to harassment from men and other dangerous vices on the streets,’’ she said.
According to Adejo, girls in Nigeria are often seen moving around towns and villages hawking items of little value that hardly justify the hours spent during hawking.
Adejo added that there was the need to sensitise all Nigerians, especially parents, to importance of girl-child education and the dangers inherent in street hawking.
“It is often said that if you educate a woman, you educate the entire society, while if you educate a man, you educate a person.
“Education goes far beyond the four walls of a school, but adequate empowerment is another category of educating a child.
“The government should invest more in the girl-child education so that street begging and youth restiveness can be reduced in the county,’’ she said.
The coordinator said if government could introduce scholarship scheme for the girl-child at the primary and junior secondary school level; it would reduce street begging in the country. (NAN)