Day of the Girl
Day of The Gilr Child
The Yaba Local council Development Area (YLCDA) of Lagos state became the first Local council area in Lagos state and in Nigeria to declare support for the International Day of the Girl Child which was celebrated on 11th October, 2011. The YLCDA, Centre for 21st Century issues and other partner Non Governmental Organizations celebrated the International Day of the Girl Child with over 100 girls from All Saints Primary school, Yaba; Akoka Girls High school, Akoka, Yaba; and Onike High School.
Accomplished women’s rights activists such as Dr Keziah Awosika, Ms Bose Ironis, Ms. Comfort Ogunye, Ms Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale, Ms Bimbo Juniad, Ms Bernard Sowho and Ms Betty Abah mentored the girls on challenges of early marriage, sexual health rights, economic empowerement, leadership and transformation.
Towards the end of the event, Mr Abel Enikanologbon the supervisory councillor for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in the local government made the following declaration on behalf of Hon Jide Jimoh the YLCDA Chairman;
WHEREAS equality and universal access to education for every Girl and Boy are among the United Nations Millennium Development Goals supported by 189 countries including Nigeria and
WHEREAS the United Nations established October 11 as the annual International Day of the Girl Child supported and co-sponsored by the Nigeria and 97 other countries and
WHEREAS The Day of the Girl campaign calls on communities across the globe to recognise that girls worldwide face many injustices such as discrimination, gender stereotypes, child marriage and lack of education and empowers girls to fight for their rights and
WHEREAS the Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, in Nigeria joins Centre For 21st Century Issues, Women Law and Development Centre, Nigeria, Idea Builders Initiative, Arise Nigeria Woman, Child-Maternal and Youth Leadership Initiative and other organizations in Nigeria supports increasing girls participation in sports, science, and math-related activities, high school graduation rate and providing equal opportunities for all girls by speaking out against gend-based injustices, celebrating all girls potential and encouraging all girls to pursue their dreams and
THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED that I Honourable Jide Jimoh, Chairman of Yaba LCDA hereby do proclaim October 11 2012 as the Day of the Girl in Yaba LCDA, Lagos, Nigeria.



As Nigeria celebrates her 52nd independence anniversary today many Nigerians are completely dissatisfied with the pitiable condition of the country. Today, Nigeria is still confronted with economic, food, health, environmental, community and political insecurity challenges for which she lacks the adequate leadership capacity to handle.
The strong coalition of Boko Haram, floods and bad leadership is ensuring that Nigeria’s decent into a state of hopelessness and insecurity in all fronts is further consolidated. It is clear that these current crops of thieving and mindless miscreants who called themselves our leaders are implementing “Project finish Nigeria”. For, how can we explain their poor handling of the fuel subsidy scandal and their insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians whose lives and livelihoods have been devastated by the climate induced and man made floods sweeping across Nigeria in recent times!
At this stage of our nationhood, we need strong, committed and responsible leadership to take us out of the woods and set us on a path of genuine development. We need a leadership that can restore our confidence and hope in Nigeria.
As Nigerians, we owe it to ourselves to start organizing ourselves to remove these corrupt and insensitive leaders. Let us collectively with our votes “kick them out” and ensure that they are permanently out. Let us start to shop for quality leaders who will see their role as a calling to salvage Nigeria from the decay of corruption and not as an avenue to loot.
As we celebrate today, let us reflect on the destiny and the future we want for Nigeria. Our past and our actions today have a bearing on the future we want for our country. Let us remember that Nigeria can only be truly independent with our collective commitment to ensure bad leadership becomes history.
Happy independence Nigeria!
Titilope Akosa
Executive Director, C21st