Over Forty Journalists from different media organisations across the country, civil society organisation, development partners, UNICEF specialists and other stakeholders have converge on Kebbi state to discuss on the status of issues concerning children especially access to girls education.
While declaring the two day meeting open, the Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the meeting would help address barriers to girls education particularly in Northern Nigeria.
Some of the barriers he identified include: poverty, early marriage, illiteracy, teenage pregnancy among others.
Alhaji Mohammed who was represented by the Assistant Director Child Rights Information Bureau of the Ministry, Mrs Uche Chuta said government was at the forefront of addressing the issues.
He expressed appreciation to UNICEF for its interventions in child development in Nigeria through innovative strategies that are aimed at drastically reducing low girl -child enrolment and retention in school.
In an address, UNICEF Communication Specialist Mr Geoffrey Njoku said programme was to educate participants on the initiatives of UNICEF aimed at increasing access to education.
The focus on the two day event is Cash Transfers, Empower Families and Improve Girls’s Enrolment in Schools.