The Governor of Kogi, Yahaya Bello Wednesday, said his government would work together with relevant agencies towards promoting and empowering the girl-child in the state.
Bello disclosed this in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Petra Onyegbule, in Lokoja to mark the 2017 International Day of the Girl-Child.
“As a father and a governor, I am aware of the need for the girl-child to be empowered for life, especially during conflicts through information and education.
“My administration will continually seek ways to ensure that this objective is achieved in collaboration with relevant agencies within and outside the country,” he said.
Bello assured that girls in the state would continue to be adequately taken care of under the present administration in the state.
He said that his administration would also continue to explore policies, opportunities and partnerships which would empower girl-child since they suffer most in times of crisis.
The governor said that the 2017 commemoration of the girl-child was to reflect on the plights of girls in IDP Camps in the North-East and the psychological trauma they had suffered over the years.
He urged the three tiers of government, domestic and international partners, non-governmental organisations, religious leaders and the society to intensify efforts in the pursuit of a better life for girls during peace.
Bello appealed to parents and caregivers to pay closer attention to the needs of the girl-child.
International Day of the Girl-Child is celebrated October 11 annually, to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
This year’s theme is: “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.”