First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has advocated for the introduction of a Bill on girl child education to make it compulsory for every girl-child in Nigeria to attain at least secondary school education.
Mrs. Buhari, who made the call yesterday in Abuja at this year’s Women in Management and Leadership Conference of the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM), said the Bill would be facilitated by government through the free education policy.
She said: “I urge the institute (NIM) to do more in this direction by galvanising women nationwide to consider putting a Bill together on the education of girl-child in the National Assembly for consideration and passage.
Represented by the wife of Nasarawa State Governor, Mrs. Mairo Al-Makura, the First Lady noted that free and compulsory education of the girl-child is one of the cardinal focuses of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, adding that steps have been taken by government to empower women.
“An educationally empowered girl-child of today is the woman professional of tomorrow. When a girl-child has basic education, she will be in a better position to fight for her rights whenever they are infringed upon,” she noted.
Mrs. Buhari commended the institute for its contributions towards the advancement of the cause of women both at the home front, the workplace and the economy.
The institute’s President and Chairman of Council, Prof Munzali Jibril, said as a leading multidisciplinary professional institute in Africa, NIM has a full grasp of most challenges faced by women in the country.
He said: “This flagship of women conference in Nigeria has become an important platform for women leaders in both private and public sectors of the nation’s economy to come together, brainstorm and proffer solutions to issues that directly affect them at the workplace and the economy.”
He stressed the need to harness and unleash the potentials of women in management to inspire transformation wherever they are holding key positions, adding: “Nigerian women have done exceptionally well. They have not been found wanting in any area of human endeavour, ranging from the home front to the academia, business, corporate world, the boardroom and the political space.”