A Civil Society Organisation Connected Development (CODE), has advised Nigerians to vote for candidates who demonstrate commitment to improving the education sector, especially for the girl child.
The Executive Director, CODE Mallam Hamzat Lawal, gave the advise on Monday at the launch of the Girl-Child Education Campaign in Abuja.
Mallam Lawal said the 2023 elections, provide an opportunity for important engagement with presidential candidates on their plans to ensure safe and inclusive education across the country.
“It is in light of CODE objectives of Malala Fund, that we are launching an aggressive campaign to mobilise and educate citizens to ask critical questions from all the candidates that are running for the office of the president, their agenda for girl child education”.
“We believe that the Girl-child Education Project of CODE, will work and support Arewa Social Media influencers as well as prominent people in the north”.
“This is because when you look at the data by UNICEF, over 20 million children that are out-of-school are mostly girls and over 90% of that data shows that these kids are based in northern Nigeria”.
“When you look at the manifestoes of these candidates, we have not seen strong commitment to education and particularly to girl-child and if you look at most of the data, a lot of Nigerians have not decided who they would vote for. ‘’
Lawal explained that the vote for Girls’ Education campaign, in collaboration with Malala Fund and CODE was aimed at complimenting government’s efforts towards achieving equitable and qualitative education for all children.
CODE Programme Manager, Ms. Zaliha Lawal, said CODE‘s demand apart from 12 years of compulsory education includes; asking for better funding for education and for Nigeria to commit at least 4% of the nation’s GDP to education with full performance.
“We are calling for the creation of mechanisms for Grievance Redressal Mechanism (GRM) for survivors to get justice as well as access to technology for girls to encourage them to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).”
The Head of Media, Publicity, and Public Relations CODE Ms. Seun Durojaiye, appealed to Media professionals to intensify advocacy for girl child education to change the narrative.
Reporting by Julian Osamoto, editing by Daniel Adejo