Ogun State Government has called for a level playing ground for the girl child in an effort to make them reach their potential as equal opportunity is healthy for their growth.

Commissioner of Education, Professor Abayomi Arigbabu made the call in Abeokuta at the commemoration of the international day of the girl child organized by the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Ogun State Chapter. 

Professor Arigbabu who maintained that there was hardly anything a boy child could attain that a girl child could not if given equal opportunities pointed out that the persistent problem of gender stereotypes was consciously and subconsciously perpetrated by everyone.

The Commissioner revealed that the issue of gender stereotypes had been on for ages as a result of some myths in Yoruba culture and tradition which tend to position one gender over the other.

Commissioner for culture and tourism, Mrs Adijat Adeleye-Oladapo called on the young female gender in society to uphold their moral values and imbibe noble character to boost self-confidence, as well as shape the attitude that will determine their behaviour in the future.

Also speaking at the ceremony, the father of the day and founder, of pen-pushing media, prince Dimeji Kayode-Adedeji called on the students never to confuse infatuation for love as they continue in their studies and to dress decently to portray good moral upbringing.

Similarly, the mother of the day and the Ogun State President, Gospel Musicians Association of Nigeria, GOMAN, Evangelist Damola Omonijo encouraged all female children to be mindful of their youthful age, imbibe good character and be determined to succeed in the future regardless of their current challenges.

Speaking on the theme, ‘’Bibiire’’, the guest lecturer, Princess Adejoke  Shomoye, admonished the students to be focused, innovative and always be the best, as they are an important specie that the world was waiting for.

Earlier, the NAWOJ chairperson, noted that the association decided to draw girl children’s attention to the moral and cultural values of the society.

Modupeola Sobukonla

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