Minister of Women’s Affairs and Social Development Dame Pauline Tallen challenged state governors to pay more attention to school infrastructure development to influence student mindset in the right way .
Naija News reports that Ms. Tallen launched the challenge when she addressed the National Girls’ Dialogue Forum, held in Abuja on Tuesday.
The Minister said: “I want to call on our leaders at all levels to pay attention to the development of the infrastructure of our schools.
“These schools go a long way in shaping the mindset of the students and need to be properly designed to ensure the holistic development of the Nigerian child; including the little girl.
According to her, girls are confronted daily, at home, in schools, in the community and in other places..
“Our girls are at risk of kidnapping, sexual exploitation, rape, violence, child labor, dropping out of school, harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage, lack of sexual and reproductive health information and services. , the list is endless,” she said.
The minister also urged states to find ways to fill gaps in existing legal and policy frameworks while allocating adequate resources for the protection of girls.
She tasked them with working with federal agencies and other stakeholders to ensure the progressive realization and immediate protection of girls.
According to her, all hands must be on the bridge to create a safe Nigeria for all girls, where they can meaningfully participate in governance.
Tallen further observed that gender norms and cultural stereotypes that hamper efforts to protect girls and end all forms of violence against children exist, saying efforts should be made to eliminate them, especially abuse and sexual exploitation of girls.