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Women Affairs Minister visits GGSSS Kuje for global celebration

Mar, 2021 | By Ngozi Dike-Nkemjika | ||

It was a red-letter day for students and staff of Government Girls Science Secondary School (GGSSS), Kuje, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as they were visited by a national figure. Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen added colour to the semi-urban school, gracing the institution's celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, recently.

The event, marked on 11 February yearly, is spurred by the United Nations (UN) Resolution to achieve full and equal access to, and participation in, science for women and girls and so further achieve gender equality/ empowerment for women and girls. According to the UN, women and girls represent half of the world's population and therefore half of its potential, hence the imperative to break the jinx of long standing biases and gender stereotypes that steered girls and women away from science-related fields. The theme for this year's event was 'Women Scientist at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19'.

In her welcome remarks, principal of GGSSS, Kuje, Sabina Aguedu thanked the Minister for honouring the school by choosing it for such global celebration. Aguedu noted that the visit was a source of inspiration to the young girls, and harped on the importance of the celebration as well as the pivotal role women play in national development. In her speech, Dame Tallen appreciated the FCT Administration (FCTA), its Education Secretariat, Department of Science and Technology (which runs the school and similar ones) and teachers for their unrelenting efforts in training young girls to become leaders of tomorrow.

She described the theme of this year's event as very apt owing to the challenge of Covid-19 pandemic bedeviling the whole world and the role of scientists in curbing the pandemic. Encouraging the girls to concentrate and intensify their efforts in Science education, the Minister pointed out that Nigeria, and indeed the world, is waiting for more women scientists who will evolve with wider scope of Science and Technological innovations. She further admonished the girls to follow the path of virtue and above all, fear God and walk in His ways to make their parents and the nation proud.

Speaker after speaker gave goodwill messages highlighting the imperatives for women and girls' science education, emphasizing that utilizing a woman's talent and intelligence in science fields will increase competency, knowledge and better understanding of scientific and technological research. Among dignitaries at the occasion were representatives of Federal Ministry of Education, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, UNICEF, as well as National Council for Women's Society and students' representatives, in total compliance to Covid-19 protocols. Highlights of the event were presentation of educational materials and other gift items to the students, as well as drama and poem recitation by students.

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