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Men are not superior to women – Chief Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called for more investment in the education of the girl child in the interest of nation’s growth and development.

Chief Obasanjo made the call while hosting officials of United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO, and Women Entrepreneurs and Professionals Development Network, WEPDN at his Abeokuta residence.

The former President stated that there should be no justification for the girl-child not having equal opportunities with their male counterparts regarding access to education.

Chief Obasanjo stressed the importance of women in the society and noting that men are not superior to women.

According to the facilitator of the meeting, Chief Alaba Lawson, women should not be seen as pushovers, as it is believed in some quarters and he called for more empowerment for them.

The Country Representative of UN Women, Ms. Comfort Lamptey while speaking said early child marriage is a big issue in Nigeria and called for proactive action to fast-track the development of the country.

The Country Director of United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Mr. Jean Bakale acknowledged the role of Chief Obasanjo in nation building and the development of Africa in general.

During the meeting, issues of child marriage, inadequate participation of women in politics and appointments of women into public offices were areas identified to be in need of urgent government attention.

Wale Olukoun

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