The Speaker of the Nigerian Youth Parliament, Mubarak Mijiyawa has called on relevant stakeholders in education sector across the country to support development of girl child.
Mijiyawa was speaking during panel discussion of Naija Youth Talk organised by United Nations Children Education Fund, UNICEF and hosted by wife of the Bauchi State Governor held on Saturday in the Banquet Hall of the Government House.
The Naija Youth Talk- Voices from Bauchi had in attendance the First Lady of Bauchi State, Hajiya Aisha Bala Abdulkadir, Secretaries, Directors, Civil society groups, SDGs and other important personalities.
He called on the need for raising awareness about issues the development and progres of children/young people in the zone, stressed the need for reducing of high number of out of school-children in the region.
Mijiyawa enumerated some challenges affecting girl child education to include hindrances in accessing to educational institutions due to child marriage, negative perception of parents and community.
He advocate the need elevating youth voices, creating a safe space for young people to discuss to showcase their talents and contribute meaningfully in national building.
” These recommendations will feed into the Nigeria Youth Summit which will hold on 20 November in Abuja; and will form what Nigeria will present to the Global Youth Summit at the UN on 20 November 2019 ” he added.
Recalled that recently, the speaker has has also engaged young people from across Gombe state in the field survey of BESDA and created several opportunities of participation in conferences and youth dialogues in the country for young people especially youths from Gombe state .
Another 100 youths across 11 Local Government Areas of Gombe state were also engaged in different advocacy programams.