President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, noted that the country is currently witnessing an increase in enrolment of girls in schools in Nigeria.
Buhari stated this in a statement released through his spokesman, Femi Adesina, at a United Nations high-level meeting commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women.
The statement was titled “Girls’ enrolment, retention in schools on the rise in Nigeria, President Buhari tells UN event on Beijing +25.”
Adesina said Buhari spoke in a video message to the virtual meeting convened by President of the UN General Assembly 75th session, Volkan Bozkir, in New York.
The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President quoted his principal as attributing the success to the implementation of the Universal Basic Education Programme, Girl Education Project and Safe School Initiatives.
The President said, “Our Government is vigorously implementing the Universal Basic Education Programme, which enhances girl-child education at the grassroots.”
“Furthermore, the Girl Education Project has contributed to the marked increase in girls’ enrolment and retention in schools as well as guaranteed full productive capacity for future generations of women.”
“To ensure the security of school children, especially girls in the North-East of Nigeria, we have ratified the ‘Safe School Declaration’ and begun the implementation of our Safe School Initiatives across the country.”
Buhari further stated that through the Safe School programmes, his government had ensured improved security through the provision of necessary learning materials for educational institutions.
Onn combating gender-based violence, the Nigerian President said that awareness on a Sex Offenders Register was on-going to discourage and better manage cases of violence against women.
“We are also expanding existing temporary shelters and building new ones in locations where they do not exist, to cater for victims of abuse and provide them with needed rehabilitation.”
“In our quest to address the menace of trafficking of our women and girls, Nigeria is working in close collaboration with relevant partners, to rescue, rehabilitate and re-settle rescued victims of trafficking,’’ he said.