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January 10, 2024

OCI Foundation moves to promote girl child education in Northern region

OCI Foundation moves to promote girl child education in Northern region

…Appoints Yobe female first class graduate ambassador

By Luminous Jannamike

ABUJA – In a bid to champion girl-child education in regions where disparities persist, the OCI Foundation has named Ms Surayya Muhammed Kabir, the best graduating student in the Department of Physics at Yobe State University, as its Girl-Child Education Ambassador.

The announcement was made by Mr. Bashir Muhammad Rancass, the OCI Foundation’s Champion in Yobe State, during a presentation ceremony held in Gashua Town, Bade Local Government Area.

Mr. Rancass, representing Dr. Chris Ifediora, the Foundation’s President, highlighted the significance of this appointment in addressing educational imbalances, particularly in the Northern part of Nigeria.

Transitioning from the accolades for Ms. Kabir, Mr. Rancass unveiled additional responsibilities for the ambassador.

He stated, “Once she commences her mandatory one-year service with the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), she will help sensitize Nigerians on the dangers of breast and cervical cancers along with the need for early screenings.”

He underscored that this initiative aligns with the OCI Foundation’s ongoing Arm Our Youths Campaign, in collaboration with the NYSC and the Nigerian Cancer Society since February 2022.

Commending Ms. Kabir’s dedication and academic excellence, Mr. Rancass acknowledged the crucial role played by her parents in supporting her journey.

He also urged the Yobe State Government and the people to sustain their support for girl-child education, emphasizing its positive impact on both the state and the nation.

Expressing gratitude for the recognition, Ms. Kabir remarked that the gift symbolizes not just her individual achievement but stands as a testament for all girls aspiring for education.

Her sentiments were echoed by Alhaji Nuhu Usman, her secondary school Principal, who spoke on behalf of Ms. Kabir’s father, expressing heartfelt appreciation.

Established in 2016, the OCI Foundation has been a pioneer in advancing women-friendly initiatives across Nigeria, focusing on health, education, and social welfare. In addition to its collaboration with the NYSC on cancer awareness, the Foundation played a role in facilitating two legislative bills in 2023, addressing Sexual and Gender-based Violence and integrating anti-cancer teachings into the national secondary school curriculum.

As the OCI Foundation takes a significant step towards promoting girl-child education in the Northern region, Ms. Surayya Muhammed Kabir stands as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring young women in Nigeria.