LAGOS: PLAN International, which has launched full operations in Nigeria, pledged to empower local children and enhance locals’ health, education, economic security prospects. It launched local operations on Tuesday.
Plan Chief Executive Officer Nigel Chapman said, “A strong Plan operation in Nigeria would influence and support making child rights a reality in the most populous African state. Our ambition is to make Nigeria our largest programme in West Africa by 2020.”
Offiong Enang, Country Director of Plan Nigeria, said since Plan acquired the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) in 2012, it had looked into ending poverty for millions of girls and boys in Nigeria.
“Plan’s work in Nigeria can add significant value, as half of the population is under the age of 18 and there are various development challenges,” she said.
She added, “There are gaps in child protection – including high levels of child marriage, female genital mutilation and child labour – while youth unemployment is also a growing problem.” Plan International’s full operations in Nigeria marks the 13th programme country in West Africa and 51st globally.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY