Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has advocated for the women, children and youths of Nigeria to have access to proper health, education and good socio-economic conditions.
Osinbajo urged the Nigerian authorities to be up and doing in clamping down on the menace against women including child marriages, adolescent childbearing, and gender-based violence.
He opined that Nigeria would be a better nation if women are given a priority and proper healthcare and good education takes the epicenter of the society. He made his submission at the public presentation of Senator Ken Nnamani’s book, Standing Strong.
Osinbajo said: “the very future of Nigeria and our communities depend on how well we address the many concerns of women and children in our communities, especially the focal areas of health, education and economic empowerment.
“We agree with Future Assured’s belief that all social indices can be influenced if the health, education and economic status of the population are improved upon. And that is the case, clearly, women constitute half our population and the youth are at least 60% of that population. Women especially, young girls, continue to face problems of every kind and this problem mutate as the social pressures increase every passing day.”
“since the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns, it has been shown by empirical studies that the rates of dropouts, especially of girls, have increased, child marriages also increased, adolescent childbearing, and gender-based violence, all these indices increased.
“The sharp drop in income for most families here in Nigeria and in most economies of the world would mean that families will have to make choices that almost always will disfavour the girl-child and of course, female children have suffered disproportionate displacement and deprivation caused by the insurgency and conflict in the Northeast and Northwest.”he added.