By Funmi Komolafe
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 assertion was the hallmark of address presented 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, in her keynote address 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, â€œit 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 nationâ€, adding, â€œat such, she must be empowered through educationâ€.
She regretted that women traditionally are not meant to be heard in most cultures in Nigeria but only to be seen. â€œThey 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 casesâ€.
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.
Civil service union elects officials
MEMBERS of the Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU), have elected Comrade Kiri Mohammed Shuaibu as President to head lead an 11-man executive that will run the officials of the union for the next four years.
In its delegates conference of the held in Enugu, Comrades M Z Nzidee and Mohâ€™d Uba Zango, were elected first and second deputy respectively, while five Vice-Presidents elected for North Central, North west, South East, South-south and South West.
Similarly, following the retirement of the erstwhile General Secretary, Comrade Nath Nkem Nwauzor, Comrade Gerald E. Ukeni had been employed as substantive General Secretary with effect from May 1, 2009.
….Medical and health also
MEDICAL and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) has elected new sat of officials that will lead the union for the next four years.
In its 8th quadrennial conference held on June 17, 2009, incumbent President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba was re-elected for a fresh 4-year term.
The conference earlier fixed for March 2009, was postponed because of litigation by of the unionâ€™s state chairmen.
While Comrades Solomon Osuji was elected Deputy President, Five Vice-Presidents were elected for the South East, South-South, South West, North East, North central and North West.