IBADAN – Alhaja Adijat Malik, the Chief Executive Officer of Mother and Girl-Child Protection Initiative (MAGI), says early education and skills acquisition will provide future security for the girl-child.
Malik spoke to with newsmen in Ibadan on the sidelines of the 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of MAGI
MAGI is a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) committed to protecting the welfare of women and the girl-child.
Malik said: “The organisation is a member of the Child Protection Network established by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
“MAGI was borne out of a burden to deliver mothers and girls out of ignorance, poor physical health and economic embarrassment which sent majority of them to early graves.
“We aim at empowering women and girls in various skills and vocations, thereby, alleviating their sufferings and subsequently reducing or eradicating poverty in their lives.
“We have created awareness through advocacy, training and sensitisation to over 3,200 girls and women since inception.’’
Malik said the NGO was planning to set up a Village Pilot Project in Elere village near Ibadan, adding that this was aimed at empowering the girl-child through skills acquisition.
She also said the micro-credit loan scheme designed for young women and girls, who were graduates of the centre, would enable them to establish their own businesses.
Malik,however, called on parents to encourage their wards to enroll in the next vocational programme of the NGO billed for January 2015.