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Idigbe decries low rate of girl child education

By Chris Ochayi

ABUJA—The traditional belief, where girl child is rated as not worthy to be invested in her education has deprived many women of the opportunity to assume leadership positions in the country.

The trend, has also posed a great challenge to women as many end up without sufficient education and training which will enable them to contribute positively to the socio-economic development of the nation.

This was the address by an activist, Mrs. Elizabeth Idigbe at the two-day national workshop on capacity building for Women in PENGASSAN organised by the Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS) in Abuja.

Mrs. Idigbe told the participants that, many still hold the traditional belief that since the girl child would eventually be married off, and it is not worthy investing in her education.

She noted that, “it cannot be overemphasised that whether or not a girl child gets married and ceases to bear her family name, she is perfectly capable of contributing positively to her family and the nation”, adding, “as such, she must be empowered through education”.

She regretted that women traditionally are not meant to be heard in most cultures in Nigeria but only to be seen. “They are to marry, rear children and take care of the home front. So, most of them are married off so early in life to even men who are old enough to be their fathers or grandfathers in some extreme cases”.

Urging women to embrace education, she noted that women who have assumed position of leadership in the country in recent times, took their education very seriously and working hard at being the best in anything they do.


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