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Association seeks support for women in leadership positions

By Justina Auta

The Abuja and North chapter of the Queen’s College Old Girls Association (QCOGA) called for more support for women vying for leadership positions politically and in private organizations.

The president of the association, Mrs. Ifeuko Omoigui-Okauru launched the appeal during a 10 km walk in Abuja on Sunday as part of the activities to celebrate her 94th founders’ day.

Omoigui-Okauru stressed that such support should also be extended to women vying for political office ahead of the 2023 general elections.

She stressed the need to support girls’ education.

According to her, women, if given the opportunity, will excel above expectations and record success in anything they do because of their hard work, diligence, empathy and commitment. .

“We are here to support our members and celebrate our members who do various things in society; leaders in the advancement of women, leaders in education, banking, law, consulting and government.

“And also to propagate the spirit of having women in position, in politics.

“We should aim for a female president, a female vice president.

“All of this should be on the table and that is why we are marching to celebrate this day to honor this day and bring to the table that girls’ education is essential for society,” she said.

The president also said that investing in girls’ education from the formative years has brought out their potential and prepared them for leadership positions.

She noted that access to education for girls empowered and made them less vulnerable to gender-based violence and other harmful traditional practices affecting girls.

“Invest in girls’ education because the start of a woman’s leadership begins with entering primary and secondary school.

“It doesn’t start when you’re in college or when you’re working. The seeds are planted when you are young, at home, ”she said.

Omoigui-Okauru further stated that the association is also raising funds to support certain projects reserved in the school as well as to help members in need.

Dr Salamatu Hussaini-Sulaiman, Board Member, QCOGA said that the essence of establishing the school and many others was to strengthen unity among the diverse cultures of the country.

Hussaini-Sulaiman attributed the lack of unity and low level of education in the country to inadequate funding, insecurity, corruption and poor leadership.

“Back when we went to school there was security, our parents were comfortable letting us go to Queens College in Lagos from Kebbi where I’m from.

“But now you can hardly find a parent willing to send their child unsupervised because everyone wants to keep their child close to them because of the insecurity,” she said.

The board member said there was an urgent need to adopt strategies to end the security problems plaguing the nation due to its devastating effects on the education sector.

“The issue of safety is general and it is not just in schools but across the country.

“If the situation of insecurity is not resolved, it will deter the progress of this country, of education, of industry and even of the civil service of the federal government,” she said.

However, Ms Ginika Ezeoke, deputy secretary of the association, said the 10km walk was an opportunity for alumni to bond, interact and exchange ideas that would improve the development of the school. .

Source: NAN

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