Lagos - Taurus Capital and Advisory Services Limited managing director Nnaemeka Obiaraeri on Friday reiterated the need for government to pay more attention to girl child education.
Speaking at the 2012 /2013 Valedictory Mass and Graduating Ceremony of students of Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School, Yaba, Lagos, Obiaraeri said it would help to build more vibrant women in the society.
Obiearaeri, who was the chairman of the occasion, said a global report recently rated Nigeria among the three countries that recorded more than 10 million out-of- school girls.
"Individuals should contribute and collaborate with the government to contribute to the girl child education, especially in missionary schools where their contributions will be judiciously spent,’’ he said.
The chairman advised the 62 graduating students to be great ambassadors of the school and avoid societal violence.
"This is not just a moment of merriment, it is a time to make a choice of what you wish to become as your destiny is in your hands.
"The school has laboured to mould you for the past six years into what you are today, be wary of men out there as they are hunters and you are the prey they hunt,’’ he said.
In his message at the valedictory service, the officiating minister, Rev. Fr Anthony Nwosu, said the students were graduating into the world and must fight to achieve their dreams.
Nwosu said he was confident that the girls would do well as they had been well groomed and prepared for the future.
"Hold on to God, have faith and never give up as you look up to a bright future; remember that God is the future and if you hold on to Him, He will take you there.
"It is not a rosy world but you must fight and never give up, be confident and do not lose faith,’’ he said.
The school administrator, Sister Patricia Oguejiofor, said the girls were vibrant and of reputable character.
Oguejiofor said their six-year stay in the school was a process of building them for success.
"I charge you to live exemplary lives at all times, never be stagnant, keep moving till you get there,’’ she said.
"Do not do things because others are doing them, you have been inculcated with the spirit of excellence, so never let that spirit die.
"Beware of the social media when you get to the outside world as it is a form of distraction and shun examination malpractice; there is no short cut in life.”
The administrator further charged parents to always encourage their children to be of good conduct and to be the best of friends with them.
The chairman, Planning Committee of the programme, Greg Ibeawuchi, said the school had pushed out legitimate products with good morals into the society.
"As a Catholic mission school, we place more emphasis on morals, girl child education and legitimate examination; whatever certificate our girls have, they earn it,” he said.
Some of the graduating students told the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) that they were happy graduating, although they would at the same time miss their friends.