By: Slvester Enoghase
Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in Collaboration with the state of the Union (SOTU) want African Government to invest more on capacity building for girl child education.
Adequate facility and policies to increase the level of girl-child education, they believe, will remain an essential catalyst for greater women empowerment in the continent.
CISLAC, in partnership with SOTU, recently organised a one day validation workshop on the African Union (AU) Conventions, Instruments and Framework in Nigeria to articulate the level of the CSOs involvement to Nigeria’s compliance with the conventions. The event held in Lagos also looked at instruments and frameworks, particularly in the areas of health, agriculture, conservation of nature and natural resources.
Speaking on how the Conventions and Decision of AU validation workshop would provide a platform for key Civil Society Organisations working on AU instruments to review, amend, recommend and validate the draft Compliance Report, CISLAC’s Executive Director, Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani) spoke of an urgent need for implementation of laws and policies considered inimical to development to reformed to discourage discrimination against women in the AU instruments in Africa countries.
According to him, “we urged African Governments to Invest more on capacity building for girl child education, stressing that with much facility and policies to increase the level of girl’s education would remain an essential catalyst for greater women empowerment in the Continent’’.
We call on State government in Nigeria to enforce the affirmative action which expands the space for grater expands the space for greater women empowerment and participation in politics parties more internally democratic and gender friendly must be put in place’’, he added.
The AU instrument, he explained further, recommended that budgetary allocation to the Health sector “need to be increased to attain the at least 15 per cent commitment required resources allocation, addressing the per capita expenditure on health, (WHO minimum per capita health spending is $60) and developed innovative financing mechanisms in collaboration with the private sector’’
“There Federal Government need to show more commitment to the health and wellbeing of citizens of Nigeria by taking health initiatives and not leaving the health sector virtually in the hands of donor agencies. (Government should take ownership of Health response and put in place mechanism to ensure that health initiatives on AIDS, TB and Malaria are sustained.
“The is also an urgent need for Nigerian context approach towards implementing African union conventions, instruments and framework in Nigeria with a view to ratifying at least 16 legal instruments that would serve as a baseline to advocate improvement on areas of concentration’’.