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Cee-Hope Nigeria Celebrate International Day of the girl Child

Oluwatoyosi Adegunle, Lagos.

A one-day conference to celebrate the female gender, in commemoration

of the international day of the girl-child was organized by a Non-

governmental organization, Cee-Hope Nigeria on the 18 th October, 2016 at

Ogba area of Lagos state.

C.E.O of Cee-Hope Nigeria, and Host of the conference, Mrs. Betty Abah

said the Theme of the Conference- ‘State of the Nigerian Girl’, is due to the

current condition of a Nigerian girl, caused by the mentality and mind

framework of the society towards the female gender, especially in the

Northern part.

With over 150 school girls, and several speakers, amongst which are Child

Right Activists, Medical practitioners, and Sex Ministers, the conference

featured a documentary of the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ (BBOG) campaign,

Factors that affect the girl child, the Federal Government’s contributions,

and possible solutions to the problems faced by the girl-child.

One of the speakers, a Medical Practitioner, Dr. Udo-Ubong David,speaking

with our correspondent said girls that experience earl marriage suffers

from medical conditions such as, Vistula. VVF, and RVF, that puts them a

tragedic point for the rest of their lives, if nothing is done to it, and finally

gets molestation and stigmatization from her family and ‘So-called


“The state of the Nigerian girl is still pathetic, because girls who are not

allowed to have quality education, do not understand how to empower

themselves, and people take advantage of them through sexual assaults,

and early marriage. The current administration should enforce and

domesticate the child act”, said a Child Right Activist, Mrs. Laila Daniels.

”The Nigerian girl is an endangered species, that is tied down by social

impression, lack of belief, inferiority complex, lack of self-esteem, lack of

education and cultures. Government and capable Nigerians should enforce

opportunities that are specifically made for the girl child to enhance the

growth and development”, said Mrs. Betty Abah.

On a concluding note, C.E.O of CEE-HOPE Nigeria, Mrs. Betty Abah adviced

that the Fedural Government should release the demolition of houses and

buildings across the Nation, because it directly negatively affects children,

most especially the girl child, rather provide the basic amenities for a good

living condition.

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