Richard Ginika Izuora
A female student in Adamawa State, Dorcas Joshua, is scheduled to attend this week’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting as acting Minister of State for Education.
Joshua is taking over the position for one week as part of events to mark the 2021 International Day of the Girl Child.
She took over the position from the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, at a press conference called by the Minister to celebrate the day and the ‘Girls Take Over Initiative’.
Nwajiuba, in his speech, said that educating the girl child and empowering her with digital skills will help to develop the country.
The Minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, said no economy in the world can attain its full potential without the contribution of women and girls.
“The importance of girls’ education as well as empowering them with digital skills cannot be overemphasized.
“There is the need for all hands to be on deck in ensuring that Nigerian girls achieve irreversible progress towards gender equality through digital learning in both online and offline environment,” he said.
The Minister, also emphasized the importance of ensuring that students benefit from inclusive learning experiences in content and access to digital materials.
The theme for this year’s event is “Digital Generation Our Generation: Not without Girls: Not Without Girls”.
“It is no longer news that no economy in the world can attain its full potential without the contribution of women, youth, girls and boys alike.
“It is estimated that about 2.2 billion youths below the age of 25 still do not have internet access at home and girls make up most of this figure,” he said.
He said the commemoration of the event was part of efforts to bring the importance of girls to the front burner and highlight the role they play in society.