STAKEHOLDERS MAKE CASE FOR GIRL-CHILD EDUCATION - KEMI OBASOLA
STAKEHOLDERS have reiterated the need to make education of the girl-child a priority in order to build the nation.
The stakeholders spoke at the inauguration of the Ajesola Solarin Majekodunmi Foundation dedicated solely to brilliant but indigent female students.
According to its founder, Prof. Ajesola Majekodunmi, the girl-child still faces a lot of educational challenges.
She said, ?After I completed my secondary school, it became an issue whether or not I should be allowed to continue in school. It was my maternal grandmother who insisted that I must continue, so that when the colonial officer residing in front of our house spoke English, I could interpret what he said to members of my family.?
She said she had had the opportunity of enjoying scholarships from secondary school to university level, and she was duty bound to give back to the society, which had given so much to her.
Majekodunmi said she was devoting the foundation of female indigent students because she observed that there were female students in public universities who were quite brilliant but went through a lot of hassles to pay their school fees.
She said, ?I was a house officer once at the College of Medicine, Lagos University Teachings Hospital and I was quite close to some of the female students. I knew what they were going through. In my own little way then, I helped some of them with what I had.
?Again, when we take a look at some major professions, women are not as many as their male counterparts. The foundation will be channeled towards bridging this gap.?
Also, Nigeria?s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr Christopher Kolade, said ?I believe in the slogan of the foundation, which is if you train woman, you empower mankind.?
In her speech, the Director-General of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mrs Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru, called on the girl-child and women to rise and take their rightful position in the developmental efforts in the nation.
She appealed to the pupils, who were present at event to work hard in order to make an impact on their generation.
She said, ?If you look at the professions, women are still not there yet, but women. Hold he ace. These are an instinct in a woman to take care of the next person. A woman can influence things. But are we influencing things in the right direction?
?Women have a role to move the nation further than where we are now. Don?t be afraid to make mistakes. Every time you make a mistake, you grow invest in education, not just books, get education from the television, radio and your environment and friends.?
A member of the foundation, Mr. Nadu Denloye, said the foundation would address the gender gap and provide scholarships for indigent female pupils who gain admission to public tertiary institutions to reach professional courses like medicine, architecture engineering, journalism, ---- and accountancy.