The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has joined the world in celebrating the 2017 commemoration of the International Day of the Girl (IDG2017), just as he urged President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors to address challenges confronting girl child in the country.
Saraki stated that this year’s event created an opportunity for law and policy-makers, community leaders and families to re-evaluate, highlight and scrutinize the unique challenges facing girls in the country.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, the senate president, on Wednesday, stressed that the lawmakers have made frantic efforts to ensure laws required by the girls, to live comfortably, have been made.
He said: “Today, all around the world, organizations and communities are coming together to celebrate the role of girls and women in our societies as we commemorate the 2017 International Day of the Girl.
“In order for our collective objective of having a Nigeria with empowered citizens — both men and women — to be realized, we must all come together at all levels of governance to ensure that girls and women across the country have increased access to quality education, affordable healthcare, and safe homes and communities.
“The 8th Senate is taking steps to alleviate the prevalent problems in this regard. We have passed the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Act amendment bill which will increase access to education for more young girls across Nigeria.
“In this regard, we join the world today in committing to redouble our efforts to improve the quality of life for our girls. We also hope to continue to provide a stable socio-economic environment that will help them further their aspirations and dreams,” he added.