The Women Commission of The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has charged both federal and state governments as well as parents on the provision of quality education for the girl child.
The TUC also tasked the federal government to intensify rescue efforts of girls who are still in kidnappers’ den
Speaking at a rally held to mark this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, Chairperson of the TUC women commission, Comrade Hafsatu Shuaibu said the girl child has a right to quality education, rights to free health care services, right to be free to occupy positions of decision making without being harassed.
According to her, the rally which kicked off at the Unity Fountain Abuja is to sensitize residents and Nigerians of the important place of the girl child.
She said this year’s theme, “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force” symbolizes what the TUC women commission has been canvassing for the girl child, which includes training in various skills.
She said, “I look forward to a situation where I’ll see these girls become greater women than those of us that are here today. I feel excited, I feel very happy. This year’s theme ‘With Her: A Skilled Girl Force’ is straight to the point. Their mothers are being limited to the passenger seat, we want a situation where they will know what their rights are, how they could go about knowing it.”
Speaking earlier, President of the TUC, comrade Quadri Olaleye, said the message TUC is giving out to parents and the government is that “we must support the girl child; we must support them just like we give support to the male child.”
He said the government needs to do more on security, especially protecting the schools where there’s majority of the girl child and intensify efforts especially the rescue of girls that are still in the hands of kidnappers.
He said, “They can also achieve what a male child can achieve, and we have to treat them equally, support them in education and also support them morally.
“What we’re telling everybody is that don’t just support the girl child, in making sure that they are educated, by ordinarily knowing how to write and read, but to be skilled.
“You’re all aware of the great women of this world, Michelle Obama, Ngozi Iweala, and the present minister of Finance, if they know just how to read and write, without being skilled, I doubt if they’ll occupy the position they’re in today.
“We must make sure we give them qualitative education, they also have equal rights to choose their career either in engineering or whatsoever discipline.”
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