By Onyeukwu-Rowland Iheloghara

Female education has been described as a veritable means of achieving rapid national development in any country of the world.

Wife of Ondo State Governor, Her Excellency, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu made this assertion while declaring open the 2018 edition of BEMORE Summer Bootcamp 4 Girls Naija training program taking place at the Ondo State Public Service Training Institute (PSTI) and Elizade University, both in Ilara-Mokin Ifedore LGA of Ondo State.

Mrs Akeredolu pointed out that United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Nigeria were classified as low income countries in the 1970s because both countries were making less than a thousand dollars per person in a year, until UAE whose over 50% of their women were illiterates as at the 1970s, made significant investment on girl child education and transformed their country in a space of 40 years.

Today, according to Mrs Akeredolu, UAE has progressed to making more than 39,000 dollars per person while Nigeria could only make about 2000 dollars per person.
She argued that Nigeria’s greatest error is in not giving the girl child equal opportunity to qualitative education.

In her own words, “Our greatest error as a nation is not the act that prompted the 1967 Civil war. Our greatest error has been and continues to be denying the girl child equal access to quality education by upholding cultural norms, traditions, and religious beliefs that discriminate against them.”

Mrs Akeredolu recounted that the Bootcamp which exposes the girls to Information and Communication Technology (ICT), solar renewable energy technology and other life changing skills has yielded a lot of results and expressed happiness that she is part of an active movement working to help our dear nation achieve sustainable development.

She encouraged the newly admitted digital girls to take advantage of the Bootcamp and be part of a few young girls who will lead and inspire generations of girl children.

She also challenged them to aspire to make Nigeria proud like the Anambra Golden Girls who beat their counterparts in over 115 countries of the world to emerge winners at the just concluded technovation challenge held at Silicon Valley, USA.

In their seperate goodwill messages, the Chairman of the occasion, Dr Mrs Moji Atalabi and Ondo State representative in the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Hon. Lucky Ayedatiwa advised the trainees to be committed to the training process, stressing that the empowerment is very much needed for a brighter future as leaders of tomorrow.

Over four hundred Students have been admitted into the two-week program that is expected to produce young techy girls that will proffer solutions to Nigeria’s emerging challenges.

Some government officials, FOWOSO members, BRECAN members and parents of the girls also attended the event.