Mr Raheem Olawuyi, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, yesterday called for improvement in girl-child education.
Olawuyi, who represents Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency, made the call in a message to mothers as they joined their counterparts globally to celebrate the 2020 International Mother’s Day in Omu-Aran.
According to him, education is the bedrock and foundation for achieving socio-economic development and girl-child education will allow for the emergence of more entrepreneurs and politicians among women.
“Education is meant for all. In fact, it is the fundamental human right of every child, whether boy or girl, able or disabled, to acquire basic education.
“Improvement in girl-child education in particular will see more women climbing to the top in the nation’s political terrain and emerging captains of industries,” he said.
Olawuyi said that growing up as a girl in developing country like Nigeria was becoming difficult due to unfavourable socio-economic, cultural and security challenges.
He said that the cumulative effects of discriminatory, exploitative and unjust treatment of the girl-child has negative impacts on the education opportunity for them.
The lawmaker said that there was need for a strong political will and commitment from mothers, as first teachers, in actualising the desired improvement in Girls Education Projects.
“Majority of the nation’s top political positions are currently dominated by men.
“This is a clear challenge to the women folk, who as mothers of the nation, deserve same equal and fair treatment.
“To majority of the parents, girl-child education is less important because no matter what level of education the girl attains, she gets married and answers another family’s name.
“Educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their children to school.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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