Omo-Agege makes case for girl-child development

By Haruna Salami

Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege has joined other Nigerians and the rest the world to call for every girl-child should be given the opportunity to harness and realise their potentials in life.

Omo-Agege stated this in Abuja on Monday in his goodwill message to commemorate the 2021 International Day the Girl Child organised by the Federal Ministry Education.

 He described the theme the celebration: ‘Digital generation. Our generation’ as apt and encouraged every girl-child in the country to remain confident and in the pursuit their goals.

Represented by his Chief Staff, Dr Otive Igbuzor, the Delta Central lawmaker restated the commitment the National Assembly to always make good laws meant to eliminate all forms of discrimination against the girl-child..

“On the of the legislature which I represent, we have not been resting on our oars. Firstly, Nigeria is signatory to typical international charters that seek to protect the girl child. These include the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948); the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) of 1979, among others.

“Secondly, we have a collection of statutes that address issues of discrimination and undue restriction of the girl. They include the Child Rights Act (2003) with specific clauses that protect the girl child; the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act (2015), also with specific clauses that protect women from violence that could undermine their psyche and self-worth, among others.

“We are also aware of the popular Bill for an Act to prevent, prohibit and redress Sexual Harassment of students in tertiary educational institutions and for matters concerned therewith (2019), which I had the privilege to sponsor. As we know, the Bill has already been passed by the Senate and is now only awaiting the concurrence of the House of Representative,” Omo-Agege said. 

The senator made a case for more girls to be part of the new technology culture, adding that Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) should not be dominated by boys.

The International Day of the Girl-Child is a day set aside by the United Nations on October 11 yearly to celebrate the girl child while deliberating on issues affecting their development.