Young people-driven nongovernmental organisation (NGO), the Not Too
Young To Perform (NTYTP), a leadership development advocacy group, has
called on governments at all levels “to pay special attention to modern
day challenges facing women in Nigeria.”

In a statement signed on behalf of the youth body by its national
Executive Coordinator, Comrade James Ezema, the NTYTP noted that
“peculiar challenges like increasing cases of insecurity at both the
urban and grassroots level, widening poverty, rising unemployment, and
bad leadership require special attention of governments at all levels,
especially as they affect women and girls.”

The NTYTP observed that it has since became obvious that the worse hit
by such challenges “are the girl-child who are now being forced into
early married and prostitution just to escape suffering or to merely
stay alive.

“We therefore call on the three tiers of government to deepen good
governance, provide adequate security for the girl-child to go to school
without fear of being killed or kidnapped by gunmen.

“Only special government attention to the current plights of women in
the country, with a view to addressing them as quickly as possible, that
can guarantee a great future for the unborn generations.

“Like it is said, educate the woman and educate nation, we urge the
governments bring the woman out of poverty and the nation will overcome
hunger and deprivation.

“Women are known for their multi-tasking abilities. Hence, their
contributions to national development are inestimable despite the unique
challenges they are currently facing.

“While the NTYTP will continue to advocate for a better life for the
Nigerian women, we urge the women folks in the country never to relent
on their part as a result of the daunting challenges in today’s Nigeria
knowing that there will always be light at the end of the tunnel.

“We equally call on young people to renew their interest in
participation in leadership processes at every level in the country to
contribute their individual quota in providing good leadership through
unequalled performance as a way to safeguard their future and that of
the girl-children”, the group concluded.

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