The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Imo State chapter has called on the federal and state governments to create a trust fund for the girl child technological development in the country.
According to the association, this if established would also entice them into digital literature and spur the right attraction and passion for digital creativity for the girl child.
Chairman of the Association, Dr. Dorathy Nnaji made the call at a ceremony marking the 2021 International Day of the Girl Child held in Owerri, the Imo State capital during which merit awards were given to some deserving indigenes of the state.
Relying on the theme: “Digital Generation, Our Generation”, Nnaji argued that to be relevant within the digital age, the government needed to provide enabling facilities such as ICT centres in localities, power supply, and data for access to digital information.
The NAWOJ boss equally canvassed for the abrogation of all inhibiting factors militating against proper education of the Girl child, describing this as the foundation to fight against poverty, squalor, and dehumanisation of humanity.
Insisting that every form of development of the girl-child must be premised on proper education and enlightenment, which she said is the connector to developed society, Nnaji, revealed that available statistics indicate that the girl-child makes up the population of 1.1 billion out of the 7.8 billion world population.
The NAWOJ chairman disclosed that the association is at the forefront of promoting the rights of the girl-child and therefore appealed to all stakeholders including the government, development partners, agencies, traditional rulers, institutions, and other critical stakeholders to consider promoting the rights of the girl-child and to see to the abrogation of such practices that undermine the integrity and rights of the girl-child, female gender, and womanhood including obnoxious cultural practices.
Speaking, an Owerri-based legal practitioner Nwachi Stella called for adequate empowerment of the girl-child to enable them to stand the test of time in a digital technology-driven society.
The legal luminary noted that online publications and Facebook friends had continued to ruin a number of the girl-child hence the installation of digital international technology had become imperative to advance their welfare and security, while the Commissioner representing Imo in the National Population Commission, Professor Ubah Nnabuo featured as the guest lecturer.