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Girl Child Day holds in Lagos as Glo backs initiative

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Nigeria’s telecommunications service provider, Globacom, on Thursday supported the celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child with the sponsorship of a forum held at the Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

At the event, former Deputy Governor of Lagos State and retired teacher, Princess Adebisi Sosan, paid glowing tributes to the company for showing interests in programmes aimed at promoting the welfare of the girl child.

Princess Sosan, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the forum organised by e-Business Life Magazine to mark the day, noted that Globacom had demonstrated the spirit of good corporate citizenship by supporting the event.

“I give kudos to Glo for supporting this noble objective. Girls are the moulders of society, the homemakers, the ones that make the world great, the ones that promote peace and stability in the world. I am delighted the United Nations set aside October 11 every year as the International Day of the Girl Child to help draw attention to the plight of girls. I am happy that through the support of organizations like Globacom we are able to join the rest of the world to mark this day,” Princess Sosan said.

The foremost educationist urged the school girls from several secondary schools in Lagos, who attended the forum, to take advantage of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to conquer the present day-to-day challenges.

The students were drawn from schools such as Grace High School, Gbagada; Chrisland School, Lekki; Lagoon School, Lekki; Baptist Girls Academy, Palmgrove, and Peace Lane College, Iju.

 

In her remarks at the forum, Globacom’s Manager, Public Sector, Lagos, Mrs Justina Abdulateef, disclosed that the company partnered with the organisers of the event to help realise the objectives of the Girl Child Day and to encourage young girls to strive to realise their potentials.

 

Abdulateef encouraged participants to rise above typecasts and discriminations that had prevented many girls from pursuing their dreams, adding that, with determination, they would excel in areas such as engineering and ICT currently dominated by men.

 

“You must, therefore, never let anyone limit your possibilities. If you set your mind to it, there is nothing you cannot achieve as a girl,” Mrs Abdulateef counselled.

 

Welcoming participants to the event, the Convener of the forum and Publisher of e-Business Life magazine, Mrs Ufuoma Emuophedaro, said the objectives of the International Girl Child Day were “to spread awareness about issues faced by girls and to promote girls’ empowerment and fulfilment of their human rights while also highlighting the challenges that girls all over the world face”.

 

She listed the challenges to include lack of access to education, gender bias, early marriage and sexual abuse.

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