By Emeka Chiaghanam
FEDERAL Government is giving priority to the girl child development by promoting science and technology education in tertiary institutions, says Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya
Dr. Onu stated this at the pre-conference Girl -child sensitization of the Organization for Women in Science (OWSD) held at Government Girls Science School, Kuje, during the week.
He said the federal government was convinced that investment in the girl child education, especially in science, will assure future greatness for the country.
He further said that the notion of girl- child as pleasure objects and second class citizens was a misnomer, adding that the girl child must embrace science, technology, engineering and mathematics to be of benefit to themselves, to their families and the nation at large.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Director FCT Department of Science and Technology, Mrs. Christiana Ibrahim said that the FCTA was investing in girl – child education to build their capacity for them to stand out and be at par with their counterparts the world over.
The National President, Organization of Women in Science for Developing World (OWSD) Nigerian Chapter, Professor Ibiyinka Fuwape, in a speech read by Dr Maimuna Abdullahi Habib, Coordinator Northern Zone (OWSD), said that science needed women and if the talents and intelligence of women are utilized in STEM fields, there will be increased competency, knowledge and better understanding which will be beneficial to the development of our nation.