Market women advocate improved training for girl-child


The National President, Market Women Association of Nigeria, Felicia Sani has called on strategic stakeholders across the country to do more for the training of the girl-child at all levels.

Sani made the call at the 2022 World Poetry Day organised for school girls in FCT by Helpline Foundation for the Needy, Abuja on Tuesday in the nation’s capital.

The president, who noted that girl-child remained the hope and future of Nigeria, emphasized the need for necessary steps to take for their academic success.

Sani, however, called on the girl-child to be bold, brave but humble anywhere they found themselves.

“Parents and relevant stakeholders should provide the enabling environment for girl-child at all levels to succeed in their educational pursuit.

“The future of Nigeria depends on the contribution of the girl-child, which must be taken seriously.

“Women are the neck of the nation, they carry men on their neck, so there is every need to support and encourage them,” she said.

In her remarks, the Founder and President of Helpline Foundation for the Needy, Abuja, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, said the initiative was to encourage the children to be committed to their studies, especially the girl-child.

Represented by a staff of the foundation, Cecilia Kadiri, Ahmadu said the programme was organised to revive the reading culture among students.

Also, the Co-convener of the poetry day and serving corp member, Fatima Nuhu said ” there are lots of patriarchy and problems associated with the girl-child.

“We want a situation where we can have a better future for girl-child education in Nigeria.

“My advice to every girl-child out there is to literally sit down and find a creative outlet, if it’s not poetry, reading novels, or writing novels, they should engage in a trade or skill.

“They should find something to do that will better the society and better their lives as individuals,” Fatimah said.

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