Alake On Lisabi Festival, No Society Progresses With Discrimination Against Girl-Child, Her Education, Well Being
The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Michael Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, Okukenu IV had lauded the Lisabi Festival Committee for a well chosen topic for this year’s Lisabi Festival.
The Alake, in his reaction to the Speakers’ call for deliberate and conscious efforts to institutionalize Girl Child Education, said the Seminar was the Centre Point of this year’s Festival.
The Alake agreed with the Speakers who wondered aloud, why we should be still talking about Girl Child Education at 21st Century when many 3rd World Nations had surmounted the problem.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo recalled that even the earlier editions of Lisabi Festival had dealt with the topic before.
The Alake however urged parents to continue talking about the situation until we reach our target of 100% in girl child education.
Welcoming the Alake and Egba Chiefs to the Seminar, the Chairman of the Lisabi Festival Committee Chief Rasheed Raji, said that 30% of appointments reserved for women, could not be utilized because there were no women to take them up, adding that parents should not only educate the male child but also and emphatically the female child.
In her opening address, the Chairperson of the Seminar, Mrs Anne Oluwole, said the issue of girl child could not be overemphasized as it affected the social well being of the society while noting that the Nigerian Constitution clearly stated that there should be no discrimination against the girl child.
Mrs Anne further argued that girl child education would more add value to the economic system of the nuclear family, the Nation and the humanity at large.
Speaking at the occassion, Mrs. Bolanle Akeredolu, described the girl child as a girl from childhood to 18 years who needed to be guided to succeed in life.
She regretted that women in Nigeria had been facing many challenges: domestic violence and discrimination while recalling that the 1948 Declaration of Fundamental Human Rights eloquently stated that every child, irrespective of sex and other matters have inalienable right to education.
She pointed to the adage that, “educate a woman, you have educated the world” which is still relevant till today, adding that Education of Women, enhanced the economic well being of the family and that
Girl child education should encourage next generation education.
She however expressed joy that women were now taking higher public positions and jobs today.
Also speaking at the event, the lady consultant from the Ogun State Ministry for Social Welfare, pointed out that sex education is part of home education and that both the home and formal schools should be undertaken.
Parents should follow up with continued education if the child becomes pregnant, adding that they should not be thrown out like some piece of thrash.
If a girl child is over active sexually, she should be taken to Health Centre for counseling.
According to Dr Emmanuel Akintona, he stated that if the Nation’s economy is to be developed, boy child cannot do it alone adding that the exclusion of Girl child is a primitive notion that stalled social development.
Dr. Emmanuel also stated that it is egocentric of men to claim sole superiority and knowledge to solve problems of the society.
He further stated that both girl child and boy child education should simultaneously be thoroughly achieved since humans have discovered that girl child education, especially in skills, makes for happy societies and that the Girl Child makes for enduring social change.
He also stated that Obasanjo was the first black President to show that women could even perform than men.
Prof. (Mrs) Familomi also stated that the lack of Girl Child Education encourages poverty of the nation adding that some men ignorantly discriminate against girl child because they feel that would end in men’s kitchens
She advised parents who think that traveling abroad was the only solution stating that they could be trained in skills acquisition to make them stable socially and economically.