The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen has described the incessant cases of abduction of students as a set-back in the gains made in advancing girl-child education in the country.
She made this known in Abuja at a media conference in commemoration of the 2021 International Women’s Day (IWD) and Zero Discrimination Day celebration.
According to the minister, available statistics between 2014 when the Chibok girls were kidnapped to recent abductions showed that over one thousand students have been kidnapped in seven years.
“This is indeed a set-back in the gains made in advancing girl-child education in the country. The frequency of these kidnappings are meant to instil fear in the lives of citizens particularly parents and students and undermine our corporate existence and we will not be deterred.” She said
While, calling on the abductors to release the students, the minister
appealed to the security operatives to ensure incidences like that
does not re-occur and stressed the need for leaders at all levels to pay
attention to the infrastructural development and security in schools.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria Mr Edward Kallon represented by the UN Women’s country Representative and ECOWAS said the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed immensely to gender inequality globally and the pandemic had also affected 36 million girl-child access to education.
“Discrimination of girl’s rights to education is a human rights abuse
and I join the Nigeria government in condemning it and call for the
release of the abducted girls,’’ he said.
Similarly, Sen. Khairat Gwadabe, formerly representing FCT stressed
the need for the rehabilitation of abducted school children after been
released and calls for urgent strategies to forestall future