17 July 2021 by JULIAN OSAMOTO
The United Nations Women Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS Ms Comfort Lamptey, has paid a visit to the Street Children living in Dei-Dei Abattoir axis, in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, to understudy the condition of the street children especially the girl child in the area.
During the visit, Ms Lamptey expressed worry over the condition of the environment which had made the girl child susceptible to drug abuse, early marriage, rape, sexual exploitation and poor access to education.
She noted that education remains one of the fundamental rights of every child which also solves other challenges facing the girl child in Nigeria.
Ms Lamptey however called for concerted efforts of stakeholders and the Federal Government to ensure that street children were taken off the street and their rights protected.
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of a Non Governmental Organization, Young Ambassador Against Drug Abuse, who also doubles as the Speaker Street Children Parliament, Master Saifulahi Khalid Usman, explained that the Organization was established to address issues of street children across the globe.
Master Usman who is 15 years old said he engages the street children in a football game to gain their confidence towards speaking out their challenges, adding that his aim was to see that no child is left on the streets.
Highlight of the visit was the donation of some relief materials such as Bags of rice, vegetable oil, sanitary wares for the girl child and Spaghetti among other items, by the UN Women.