By Mojisola Oladele

Strong collaboration among stakeholders will enhance efforts geared towards overcoming challenges confronting girls in the country.

Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Prince Adewale Egbedun stated this during the first Nigerian Girls Parliamentary Day organized by Value Female Network Africa in conjunction with the State House of Assembly held at floor of the House.

Prince Egbedun who identified challenges faced by girls to include limited access to education, gender based violence, menstrual health, explained that the event was an opportunity to amplify advocacy for change and to inspire one another to make a difference in the life of young girls.

The Speaker explained that there was the need create a more equitable society where all girls could have access to menstrual hygiene and opportunities to succeed.

Prince Egbedun said it was a privilege to host the event, which was dedicated to celebrating young girls, noted that the future of the nation lies in the hands of the young people.

Law makers including Emmanuel Oladimeji, Prince Kasope Abolarin, Mr. Abiola Awoyeye, Mr. Sannmi Areoye, Mr. Laide Ajibola, Mr Elisha Oderinwale and Mr. Saheed Fatunmise lauded the organizer of the programme, Doctor Costly Aderibigbe for the good initiative and encouraged the young girls to pursue their dreams diligently.

They pledged to support polices aimed at protecting the girl child and persons with disabilities.

Earlier, some of the girls including Anuoluwapo Ogundare, Aminat Adekunle, Seyifunmi Fatunmise, Rodiat Elerumoke commended the state governor , Senator Ademola Adeleke for appointing women into positions.

They submitted that millions of girls Nigeria are affected by female genital mutilation, FGM, and emphasized that the situation demanded immediate attention and actions considering the emotional trauma involved.

Dignitaries at occasion included wife of the Governor, Erelu Ngozi Adeleke represented by Mrs. Jenyo , wife of the Speaker, Princess Monsurat Egbedun, Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the State, Mr. Jimi Bada, Commissioner Health, Mr. Jola Akintola.

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