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Jonathan’s wife seeks enforcement of girlchild’s rights to education


ABUJA – The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has called on relevant authorities and stakeholders to ensure the enforcement of girlchild’s right to education in Nigeria.
This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Ayo Adewuyi, the Media Adviser to the President’s wife, in Abuja on Friday.
The statement stated that Jonathan made the call at a dinner organised by Northern Women Progressive Initiative on Thursday in honour of the immediate past Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukhtar.
She said that societal development could be guaranteed if female children were given equal rights and access to education.
According to her, the former chief justice by achievements underscored the importance of girlchild education.
“She is a testimony of the adage that says `when you educate a woman, you educate a nation’.
“It is, therefore, clear to all that it is education that has made our celebrant of today to get to the peak of her spotless judicial career successfully.
“It is education that made her a lady of strong character; it is education that made her morally upright.
“Let me restate my call for legislative instruments for the right of the girlchild to education,’’ Jonathan said.
The first lady said: “when our girls are given quality education, our survival and development as a nation is assured.’’
She said that the appointment of the former CJN also paved the way for many other women to rise to prominence in their careers.
Jonathan paid glowing tributes to the former CJN, saying that Nigerian women were proud of her achievements in office.
“She did not only contribute immensely to the reform of our judicial system, she has, and will continue to be a symbol of our advocacy for effective implementation of the 35 per cent affirmative action.
“She is known to be a hardworking and a courageous woman who has a profound knowledge of the law and has qualities that make her a model for young female members of the judiciary.
“I note with satisfaction Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar’s silent revolution in the judicial system, which aimed at eliminating corruption in the judiciary,’’ she said.
Jonathan said that Mukhtar’s appointment and the empowerment of other women was in fulfilment of the president’s ledge to appoint more women into key positions in his administration. (NAN)

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