The National Orientation Agency (NOA) Ondo State Directorate, has advocated for proper attention to the development of Girl Child in protecting their rights and ensuring that their future is secured in the society.
NOA’s message resonates as Nigeria join the rest of the world to mark 2023 International Day of the Girl Child, with the theme, ‘Invest in Girls’ Rights.’
In a press statement released from the office of Ondo State Director, Mrs Adelayo Adefolalu and signed by Ralph Oguntibeju, the NOA boss called on Parents, Guardian, Teachers, NGOs, Religious leaders and policy makers, to play a leading role and place importance on the protection of Girl Child’s right.
According to her, this would help in securing a future that is devoid of gender discrimination to guarantee a better and safe society.
Mrs Adefolalu noted that the International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
She enumerated the need to enforce the child labour act, the elimination of violence against girl child, Preventing child marriage which will protect girls’ rights and help reduce their risks of violence, early pregnancy, HIV infection, and maternal death and disability.
The NOA boss advocated the opportunity for the girl child to actualize their potentials through equal access to education, prospects, and economic independence must be guaranteed as part of the investment in the girl child and also to ensure that every girl child has an opportunity to learn and fulfill her potentials.