The Centre for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE), an NGO, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to match his promises with action on Girl-Child education and ending Gender Based violence.

The Executive Director of CEE-HOPE, Betty Abah, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) while reacting to President Buhari’s Independence Day speech.

The president had assured on engaging Heads of Courts to establish specialised courts for the speedy and seamless trial of rape and gender-based offences.

The president also reiterated his administration’s commitment to encourage girl-child education.

Abah said: “The speech and promises all look good but we await the political will to turn these into realities.

“Any nation that fails to harness the immense potentials of its girls, that fails to educate them so that they can grow into influential amazons and inclusive part of societal progress, is a nation merely limping on one foot.

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“We also have a rape epidemic currently with most victims being children and with perpetrators going scot-free most times, no thanks to our loose law enforcement.”

She said that anything to ensure that perpetrators were brought to book, that potential perpetrators were deterred and that our children and other vulnerable persons were safe, would be most appreciated. (NAN)