Ogun gov’s wife, Bamidele, seeks accelerated digital platforms for girl-child
The wife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, has appealed for support on accelerated digital platforms for learning, earning and connection, as part of support for the girl-child to address gender inequality.
Mrs. Abiodun stated thisduring the commemoration of the 2021 International Day of the Girl-Child organised by her Pet Project, Ajose Foundation and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, held at the Valley View Auditorium, Oke-Igbein, Abeokuta.
The governor’s wife said the girl-child was very dear to her and every opportunity to support, encourage and champion their cause would always be a priority.
“This year, with the theme, “Digital Generation, Our Generation”, we are joining the global community to strengthen our commitment to creating avenues for more solutions to gender inequality.
“Bridging the gender digital divide goes beyond having a computer lab in the school. It also means that more girls should be able to have a personal computer with access to tech related skills and jobs. Today, courtesy of esteemed sponsors and partners, some of the girls will be recipients of some devices to help them continue on their path to greatness.
“With more partners and donors, we can reach more girls over the few months and years. You girls have made me immensely proud with your brilliant presentations and I want you to keep soaring higher.”
In his welcome address, the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, appreciated Mrs. Abiodun for championing the cause of the girl-child in the state through her various initiatives and gestures.
He highlighted salient issues that bordered on the girl-child to include inaccessibility to school education, gender-based violence, female genital mutilation and a host of others.
The resource persons, Mrs. Abiola Adeboye of Nineteen Youth Foundation and Feyikemi Egbeyemi advised the girls on hygiene, turning waste to wealth to earn as well as supporting themselves and parents through the business.