By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA-Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has called on the government to take the education of the girl child seriously, noting that a substantial number of them have either not completed their education or have never attended school.
She said that failure to invest in the girls portended a great danger for the country’s future.
Mrs. Buhari who spoke during a side event at the 50th Session of United Nations Commission on Population and Development in New York was represented at the Session by Dr. Hajo Sani, Senior Special Assistant to the President.
In her remarks, Dr. Sani reiterated the efforts of Mrs. Buhari under her Future Assured Programme in advocating for the promotion of girl-child education, and vocational education through which thousands of women are being trained in fashion design, interior decoration, cosmetics development, leather work and many other trades.
Dr. Sani also confirmed that the programme was organizing refresher courses for those aiming for higher education but do not have the educational requirements.
The side event, with theme “Investing In out of school teenage girls: a priority for achieving demographic dividend, sustainable development and specific SDGs in Africa” was jointly organized by UNFPA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nigeria’s Permanent Mission to the UN, to showcase Nigeria’s rich experience and the enormous results of the commitment shown by stakeholders, which provide a best practice for scale-up in Africa.
She commended the organizers for highlighting the issue of out-of-school girls and described the theme of the side event as apt.