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Over 8m girls are out-of-school in Nigeria, says Onyerima

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• As LAEI Marks 2019 International Women’s Day
Of the 13.2 million out-of-school children in the country, over eight million are girls, a development that has been described a serious crisis that urgently needs to be addressed by government.

The Founder and Executive Director of Live Abundantly Empowerment Initiative (LAEI), Dr. Ama Onyerima, who disclosed this, during an event to commemorate the 2019 International Women’s day in Lagos, said there is urgent need to change the status quo, as the girl-child need to grow up into women that would positively change the societal landscape.

This year’s event which held under the theme “Think Equal, Build Smart Innovate for change’ had a forum style approach with the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Head Teachers, Counsellors and other guests in attendance.

“We must end gender disparity and appreciate the works women do. We must also empower the girl-child.

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We need to keep the girl-child in school. Education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty, violence, exploitation and inequality.

“We should endeavour to use inclusive language such as ‘Human kind’ not ‘mankind’ to make women and girl-child feel among in the society. We need more participation by women as regards the policy making in their communities and in the nation as a whole,” she said.

This year’s event, with the theme: “Think Equal, Build Smart Innovate for change” had in attendance Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule; representatives of International Organisation of Migration (IOM); National Agency for the prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP); Permanent Secretary, Education District IV, Mrs. Lola Are-Adegbite; and Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) officials; Head Teachers, and Counselors.

The Deputy Governor, Adebule, who sent a representative, lauded the organisation for its strides in empowering women and children through education and enlightenment, which will subsequently help in changing the societal landscape.

Adebule said the state government is delighted in working with organisations that strive to create a society where there is equality and where rights of all citizens are respected and upheld, irrespective of their physiology and social standing.

In her keynote address, Managing Director of Synlab Nigeria, Dr. Pamela Jackson-Ajayi, raised concern on the expectancy ratio of women in the country, rating 54.5 years, which to her is said to be unfair compared to the western world, which is about 80 years. She enjoined women to ensure frequent checkup against epidemics.


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