Dignitaries at Women’s Day Parley Stress the Importance of Girl-Child Education
Challenges faced by the girl-child in the cause of her search for the golden fleece and socio-economic relevance were once again brought to the fore, at a recent event organised to commemorate the 2018 International Women’s Day, with the Guest Speaker, Barr. Timipre Wolo, reiterating that girl-child education is one of the strongest tools for development and progress in any nation.
While making her presentation titled, ‘Press for Progress: Up-scaling Women’s Representation in Leadership’, Barr. Wolo, who is the Chief Executive Officer, TFN Energy, expressed concern about the ordeals faced by women around the world over gender barriers in both education and advancement opportunities.
The former management staff of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), who also runs an empowerment initiative for vulnerable girls and women called, ‘Centre for Gender Equality, Education and Empowerment (CGEEE),’ advised women to get involved in leadership and be resilient in the pursuit of their dreams.
She pointed out the need for the education of the girl-child, stressing its value as the key to development and an effective press for progress. “The transformative nature of education cannot be over-emphasised; it is a weapon to the eradication of all forms of marginalisation, lack and failures. There is need for women to be included in change processes in order to close the gender gap around the world, especially in Africa,” she argued.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, commended the Director, African Leadership Development Centre, Professor Aize Obayan, for her efforts in putting the event together. He congratulated all the women present for what they represent in the society, which was expressed through the event of the day worldwide.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, “Women, as at 2016, constituted 49.56% of the world’s population. As mothers and professionals, as producers and farmers, as caregivers and home-makers, the work of women supports their families and communities.”
Professor Atayero, stated that when women are empowered, communities are empowered, including nations and the entire human family. He added that the unique role of women as nurturers of life speaks much about their endowment with valuable abilities to be achievers and contributors to all spheres of national development.
In her welcome remarks, Professor Aize Obayan, who was the 2nd substantive Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, appreciated the Chancellor and Chairman Board of Regents of the University, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, for approving the programme. She expressed excitement at the opportunity to be a part of the celebration of women worldwide, stating that this years’ theme for the International Women’s Day, ‘Press for Progress’, was very significant to the cause of women everywhere.
She stressed the need for women to constantly press for progress no matter the work they do, by driving excellence in all ramifications, building capacity, leaving a legacy, driving continuous improvement regularly, benchmarking and putting in their very best in the quality of work they do.
The Deputy Coordinator of the Covenant University Faculty Women Advance, Dr. Tayo George, stated that the theme of the International Women’s Day was very apt and topical as it aligns with the common objectives and founding philosophies of the Covenant Women Advance, which was initiated by Professor Obayan during her reign as Vice-Chancellor of the University.
She said that the Covenant University Faculty Women Advance was born out of the desire to advance the cause of women in the academia, with a view to harnessing and maximising their potentials in order to achieve overall best practices in their respective fields, through groundbreaking researches, capacity building, training and outreach programmes.
Also at the event were the Education Secretary, Living Faith Church Worldwide, Professor Bridget Sokan; Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu; Registrar, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Sunday Abayomi; some senior officers of the University and guests from the outside context.