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GIRLS’ ENROLMENT, RETENTION IN SCHOOLS ON THE RISE IN NIGERIA, PRESIDENT BUHARI TELLS UN EVENT ON BEIJING +25; SPEAKS ON BIODIVERSITY

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Nigeria is witnessing an increase in girls’ enrolment and retention in schools, President Muhammadu Buhari declared Thursday at a UN high-level meeting commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the 4th World Conference on Women. A statement from the Presidential Villa signed by Spokesman Femi Adesina disclosed that a video message to the virtual meeting, convened by President of the UN General Assembly 75th session, Volkan Bozkir, in New York, conveyed President Buhari’s reaction that attributed the success to the implementation of the Universal Basic Education Programme, Girl Education Project and Safe School Initiatives. ”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 the 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,” the Nigerian leader told the gathering in which Head of States and Government participated. The President noted with satisfaction that through the Safe School programmes, his administration had ensured improved security through the provision of necessary learning materials for educational institutions. On 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. To mitigate the socio-economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, President Buhari disclosed that Nigeria prioritized vulnerable groups, including women, in the provision of medical and social assistance. ”In the last year, over one million Nigerians have been enrolled into National Social Register of poor and vulnerable households to enable them to access needed social assistance. ”Under the National Social Investment Programme, we have commenced cash transfers and distribution of food items to individuals and families across all States in Nigeria as palliatives to cushion the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic. ”Our administration believes that the promotion and…

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