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12-year Old Firdausi Assumes Office As Nigeria’s Women Affairs Minister



Nigeria’s Girl-Child Minister of Women Affairs, Nana Firdausi Bashir says every child in Nigeria should not worry because she “will make them all feel good” as their desires for gender equality will be met.

Bashir made the declaration when she resumed office as the Minister at exactly 9:30am on Monday in her office in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Nana who is a 12-year old student of Shehu Kangiwa Primary School Kebbi while addressing girls who visited her office in commemoration of the International Day of the Girl-Child said questions on out of school girls seems hard to get answered in Nigeria but she will however make all necessary consultations to get them back to the learning environment.

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She decried the huge gender divide in the digital development in Nigeria which is in favour of the boys saying, the Girls 4 Girls Platform has been put in place to address the concern.

The Primary 6 Girl-Child Minister said, building community based structures in addressing gender violence while collaborating with the Ministry of Education to improve safety of girls in school is top on her agenda for the development of the female child.

Nana Firdausi Bashir addressing newsmen after she assumed office

Her 7-point agenda also included ending girl child trafficking and molestation, reducing number of out of school girl children and ensuring that they complete basic education among others.

Nana Firdausi Bashir is an Indigene of Kebbi State, and the second child in a family of 5.

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The International Day of the Girl-Child is a day set aside by the United Nations to celebrate the girl child while deliberating on issues affecting their development. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Digital Generation, Our generation”

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Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

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