The #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group has lamented that existing gaps in data on girls and young women and the limited use of existing data have adversely affected progress of humanity and and girl-child.
A statement released during the International Day of the Girl Child by its leaders, Dr Oby Ezekwesili and Aisha Yesufu, noted that the importance of data collation, informed a partnership with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), to establish a Missing Persons’ database in June 2015.
“The movement shares the frustration of the United Nations, conscientious leaders and committed groups, as well as individuals who work daily to address the ways in which “existing gaps in data on girls and young women, lack of systematic analysis, and limited use of existing data significantly limit our ability to monitor and communicate the wellbeing and progress of half of humanity.
“Our movement recognizes that, in Nigeria, the paucity of data is not limited to girls, but also boys, and is indeed a nation-wide problem, particularly when it comes to vulnerable people and humanitarian issues.
“Behind every data though is a human soul. Girls that we capture in numbers and are unable to have the opportunities of life, to be the best that they could become, delay our achievement of global goals.
“This is why we formed a partnership with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), in June 2015, to establish a Missing Persons’ database. We believe that every Nigerian life matters and that any one lost, killed, or injured, must be accounted for,” it said.