A group, Girls Connect, on Thursday in Kano, launched a pilot project, ostensibly to address the numerous challenges confronting the girl-child nation-wide, especially to empower marginalised girls, as the most vulnerable group in the society.
In view of the challenges the girl-child is grappling with in Nigeria, the scheme, when fully operational, will empower not less than one million girls across the country, starting, with Kano and Benin City.
Briefing newsmen on the occasion, the deputy country director, Girl-Effect Connect, Hadeeza Haruna Usie, said an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) has been specially designed, as a mobile service to facilitate the self-empowerment of girls.
According to her, the goal would be realised through a uniquely developed service which would enable them to listen to pre-recorded stories using their mobile phones before connecting to a specially trained role model to respond to peculiar problems confronting the girl-child. She also explained that Girls Connect is in partnership, with ISON group and 9 Mobile
“Our pre-recorded stories, include inspiring stories, entertaining and educational lessons, focusing on growing up. Through, with such stories, the girl-child is able to address issues such as health, education, economic empowerment and safety.”
The CEO of 9 Mobile, Boye Olusanya, while speaking at the event said that the Telecommunications outfit, is passionate about empowering the youths to succeed in life. He stressed his commitment to equipping the group with all that is needed for the success of the initiative.
The Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi II, represented by the Chiroman Kano, Nasiru Ado Bayero, said the welfare of the girl-child and women in general have been a major priority to the emirate council and any initiative geared toward the betterment of their lives is highly welcomed by him. He also assured all present that the emirate council is ready to support the group to achieve its goals in the state.
To access the platform, girls would have to dial a number and listen to pre-recorded stories, entertaining and educational lessons about growing up.
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