Girl-child education is security for Nigeria’s economic prosperity – legal practitioner
A legal practitioner, Mrs Bukola Okuboyejo, has advised government at all levels to invest more in the education of the girl-child to secure Nigeria’s future economic prosperity.
Okuboyejo gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday.
Okuboyejo said that past advocacies for education of the girl-child had paid off with more women holding top government jobs.
She said that any decline in the girl child school enrolment at this period would be counter-productive for the economy.
Before now, girl child education used to be the topic in every national, state and local government discourse on development.
But today, there seems to be less talk about the girl-child education whereas we are not there yet in terms of the ideal treatment of the girl-child in our society.
It is my submission that any success story in any sector of our economy will have the substantial contribution of women as input to such outcome,’’ she said.
The lawyer told NAN that women were still suffering marginalisation from the men folk, especially in rural communities in Nigeria.
There are still communities that will not allow women emerge as leaders of social and political groups even if these women have the potential to change the fortunes of such associations.
Women are still suffering marginalisation in the workplace even if they possess the qualification, skill and ability to hold the top positions of authority.
The possibility is there that Nigeria will be able to have a woman president in the nearest future if more investment and attention is given to the education of the girl-child,’’ she said.
Okuboyejo urged educators at the higher school levels to do more researches and proffer suggestions on possible ways to improve education of women in the Nigerian society.
She said that Nigeria needed to adopt more home-grown theories on the education of women for their proficiency, especially in male dominated sectors.
“Women are now a factor in the judiciary and some other important sectors, but are yet to be a force to reckon with in the military and paramilitary sectors of the economy,’’ she said. (NAN)