In commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child, Hon. Arinola Fatimoh Lawal, member of Kwara’s tenth Assembly representing Ilorin East Constituency, has advised parents to invest in the girl child.
She also restated her commitment towards ensuring legislations that’ll protect and aid the girl child towards fulfilment of her goals by the Kwara State House of Assembly.
She made the call on Wednesday, in an interview in Ilorin, in commemoration of the 2023 International Day of the Girl Child.
The International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated on October 11 to show support for the girl child and promote gender equality around the globe.
With the 2023 celebration-themed; “Invest in Girls’ Rights: Our Leadership, Our Well-being,” Hon. Arinola advised parents and communities to appreciate and invest in the girl child.
Hon. Arinola further charged parents to recognize the potential of the girl child and invest in the education of the girl child for the social and economic growth of the nation.
“In celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, I advised the society and parents to recognize the immense potential within every girl. It’s our collective responsibility as parents and communities to invest in their education, nurture their talents, and champion their rights. Gender equality starts at home and in our communities.”
Speaking on her impact to invest in the girl child as a female legislature, Hon. Arinola said about 70 female students benefitted from a recent scholarship scheme to 120 students in her constituency.
She expressed that her decision to award scholarship to the 70 female students was due to her passion to ensure that the girls further their education and be able to pursue their dreams.
Hon. Arinola added that the performance of the female students involved in the scholarship scheme awarded in 2022 also encourgaed her to include more girl child in 2023.
“Recently, I gave scholarship to 120 outtsanding and less-priviledged students in my consitutency. I did this to encourgae the youths to go to school.”
“Moreso, 70 of the students are female because I want to encourage the girl child to believe in their dreams and be able to realize their potential.”
“I started the scholarship scheme last year and the performance of the female students was outstanding. Majority of the female students passed their WAEC examination, as they have desire to achieve their dreams and contribute to the development of the nation.