By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
As the world today marks the International Girl – Child Day, Civil Society activists in Ogun State joined the celebration with a call on government to castrate or sentence to death any individual who violates a girl- child sexually.
The day was celebrated with enlightenment programme for girls held at the premises of Women Development Centre, Abeokuta.
The celebration, which was organised by the Civil Society Action Coalition on Education of All ( CSACEFA) in collaboration with Association for Orphans and Vulnerable in Nigeria (AONN) and Child Protection Network (CPN), was themed “Girl Force: Unscripted and Unstoppable “.
The State Coordinator of CSACEFA, Mrs. Taiwo Adebanjo, said it was high time the government started taking strong actions against girl-child harassment and maltreatment in the society, insisting that only strong actions could stop the ugly trend.
Her words: ” It is high time the law take its course on offenders of Girl-Child abuse or harassment. Look at raping of a seven-year old girl case, strong actions should be taken. Anybody that commits the offence of raping or sexual harassment of girls should be castrated or be killed.
“The actions destroy the reproductive organs of the girl-child, hence there should be strong punishment that will live on the person for life if not killing.”
Worried by the rising cases of Girl-Child abuses, she urged government at all levels to support the civil societies in educating the girl-child, saying Nigerians need a lot of education on girl-child treatment.
Also speaking, Mr. Soleye Alfred, State Coordinator of CPN, said the event was organised to call more attention to girl-child education, lamenting that government and the populace do not pay more attention to Girl-Child education.
He revealed that the occasion was also to tell the girls that if they are determined, they would be successful in life and not to give up for any challenge that confronts them.
Alfred said: “We are here to give them support, confidence that they can achieve the goals and be successful in life. We want them to know that nobody can stop them in attaining greater heights in life unless they give up.
“Nigerians should rally round our girls and help them to be successful. Civil societies can do it alone, government should support us in educating the girls “.
All other speakers at the event also called for support for the girl-child education.