An Abuja-based Non governmental Organisation (NGO), Helpline Foundation for the Needy, has trained over 200 girls on skills acquisition in Karu local government area of Nasarawa State.

Speaking during the training, president/founder of the organization, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu frowned at the high number of girls who could not access education or any form of skills acquisition that would prepare them for future challenges.

Ahmadu observed that across the world, especially in Nigeria, girls face adversities that hinder their education, training and entry into the workforce, just as she called on government to come up with measures that would change the narratives.

“It is disturbing to see our girls hawking on the streets across the country, while their male counterparts are in schools. Statistics have shown that girls constitute a higher number of dropout school children in Nigeria.

They have less access to information, communication technology and resources, such as the internet, where the global gender gap is growing. A quarter of young people, most of them girls, are neither employed nor getting an education or training,”

She explained that the training programme was part of the activities to mark the 2018 World International Day of the Girl Child, with the theme, “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force.”

While calling on government at all levels, to come up with deliberate policies on skills acquisition programmes that would equip the girl child to bridge the gender disparity in the society, Ahmadu described this year’s theme as apt, adding that the 1.1 billion girls of today’s world are challenging the status quo.