Continuous awareness campaign has been identified as part of measures needed to develop the status of the girl child in the society.
The Family Planning Coordinator, Ogun Primary Health Care Development Board, Mrs. Elizabeth Ikebobi, disclosed this while fielding questions from newsmen in Abeokuta, to mark this year’s International Day of the Girl Child celebration with the theme, ‘’With Her A Skilled Force,’’ stating that, for proper recognition of the Girl Child, more enlightenment measures to educate the society on their potentials should be put in place.
‘’It is a common knowledge that when you train a man, you have succeeded in training a person, but if you train a woman, you have successfully trained a nation. This is why we must ensure that the Girl Child is not treated with levity in the society, rather, they should enjoy equal right like their male counterpart,’’ she said.
The Director, Education Support Service, State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Martins Akinsolu, said it was time parents, care- givers, as well as policy makers, gave the Girl Child equal attention in order to ensure equity and fairness, adding that, the era where the Girl Child played second fiddle to the male child, was gone.
The Director, Child Development Services, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mr. Oladimeji Egbeolowo, advised parents to change their negative attitude against the Girl Child, saying, as a gift from God, every child should be properly trained, to attain his/her full potentials.