Abuja - Hajiya Ramatu Abubakar-Ajuji,
Nasarawa State Commissioner for Education, on Wednesday appealed to
parents/guardians to place high premium on the education of the girl child.
Abubakar-Ajuji made the call during interview with News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia.
She had just inspected the construction of Federal
Government Junior Girls Model Secondary School in Kwandare, Lafia Local
Government Area of the state.
The commissioner added that the era of sending girls to hawk
in the streets was over.
"The education of the girl-child should be paramount and
non-negotiable in the change agenda of the government and parents if the
country is to develop.’’
Abubakar-Ajuji kicked against cultural and religious
sentiments which hindered education of the girl-child, urging parents to shun
such sentiments in the interest of their wards.
She urged the three tiers of government to develop
strategies and ensure that the girl child was given qualitative and
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Abubakar-Ajuji charged parents and guardians to strive to
ensure good education for their female children and wards, saying "when you
educate a girl in a family, it is the same as educating a family.
"The development of any group of people is dependent upon
the quality of education that is given to the girl-child in that community.
"Women have become a decisive segment of our nation and
should therefore be encouraged as part of the nation’s development agenda’’,
The commissioner said the quality of education received by
girls would play a big role in the kind of upbringing their children would
receive at home and the quality of leaders the country would produce for the
"When a girl is educated, she grows up into a woman who has
adequate information on the welfare of her family, the health of her children
and sundry other issues that will impact on the society.’’
Abubabar-Ajuji also said educating women would enhance their
participation in politics and the quality of advice that the men they supported
received as decision makers.
Also, Feyisetan Fayose, wife of the Ekiti State Governor,
has charged mothers on proper upbringing of their female children to curb
immorality especially teenage pregnancy.
Fayose spoke at a town hall meeting with women in Ikole Local Government Area
of the state on Wednesday.
She frowned at the increase number of teenage pregnancy.
The governor’s wife attributed the development to lack of
proper upbringing and care.
She urged parents, especially mothers, to educate female
children on the need to face their studies and abstain from premarital sex to
avoid unwanted pregnancy.
Fayose called on mothers to monitor their female children by advising them on
the consequences of immoral acts.
She also urged pregnant women to devote more time on the
type of food they consumed, stressing that they should eat foods that are
nutritious for the benefit of the unborn child.
Fayose also urged the women to embrace family planning,
saying "stop giving birth once you have two or three children you are capable
The governor’s wife distributed tins of powder milk and
delivery kits to the pregnant women as well as school bags and sandals to