The Oyo State government says the society must continue to invest in the future of the girl-child so as not to miss out on the great values girls can offer to humanity.
The Secretary to the Government of Oyo State (SSG), Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun stated this while speaking on October 11 at the occasion of the International Day of the Girl-Child, which was organised by the Oyo State Office of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
She said that the decision of Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration to make education one of the pillars of the government was carefully taken because education is a sure way to make a difference in the lives of people.
The first of its kind celebration in Oyo State, hosted by the Senior Special Assistant, SSA, to the Governor on SDGs, Mr Kunle Yusuf, MON, was attended by other key functionaries of government.
Mrs Adeosun advised parents to invest in educating their girl-children, so that they would become good leaders of tomorrow.
She said: “When we say that education is one of the pillars of this administration; it is very clear, because education sure makes the complete difference in the lives of people, even generations to come. And we know that if we want to make a difference in the history of Oyo State, then education is key.”
The SSG asserted that the number of girl-children is almost equal, if not more than that of the boys, stressing that if the girl-children are not invested in, then the society would be missing out on so much value on the children.
“But we should not just let the celebration of the girl-child end with the International Day celebration; let us continue to invest in the girl-child so that these children we are seeing here today will become leaders of tomorrow and not just leaders, but good leaders because we have invested in them all,” she added.
The SSA, to the Governor on SDGs, commended the Makinde administration for its commitment to education through several interventions, such as free education policy, distribution of textbooks and notebooks and creating greater access to education through the policy on out-of-school children, pointing out the importance of the girl-child and their education and well-being in the society.
He stated that the SDGs Office was ready to work with the Governor to ensure access to qualitative education to the girl-child, noting that the celebration of the Day of the girls was to encourage the female pupils on the importance of education, even as he appreciated the SSG for her continued support to the SDGs Office.
At the event attended by a cross-section of female pupils drawn from primary schools across Ibadan, the State capital, the Director-General, Due Process Office, Ms Tara Adefowope; a Commissioner in the Local Government Service Commission, Mr Oyeshina Oyedeji and the Director of Schools, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Chief Jacob Dairo, also encouraged the female children to focus on their studies and believe in themselves.