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Obaseki assures better deal for girl-child in Edo

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FILE PHOTO: School girls

By Isaac Olamikan, Senior Correspondent, Benin

 

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said ongoing institutional and legal reforms in the state will guarantee a better deal for the girl-child, noting that more of these structures will protect them and other vulnerable persons.

 

The governor said this in commemoration of the International Day of the Girl-Child, marked every October 11, by the United Nations and its sister agencies.

 

According to the governor, “As we mark the International Day of the Girl-Child, I reiterate my administration’s commitment to protecting the girl-child, providing her with the space to live life to the fullest and realise her full potentials.

 

“We are prioritising the wellbeing of vulnerable persons in Edo State, with reforms in the legal system and other social structures to ensure that they are better protected and free to perform optimally in society.”

 

He said, specifically, the state government has enacted the Prohibition of Violence Against Persons (VAP) law; the Child Rights Law, among others to ensure that the girl-child is protected.

 

Noting that the theme for this year’s commemoration, ‘GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable’ is apt and speaks to the focus of his administration in prioritising the needs of the girl-child, he stressed that government will continue to mobilise resources to ensure that the girl-child is provided with the needed incentives to drive inclusion and bridge the gender gap in education, social welfare and economic opportunities for girl-child.

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