Dickson urges parents to support girl-child education

WIFE of the Bayelsa State Governor, Mrs Rachel Dickson on parents, particularly mothers to work assiduously to provide the necessary support for the girl-child education towards the realization of their full potentials in the society.

She posited that no stone would be left unturned in a bid to surmount obstacles impeding the educational development of the Ijaw girl-child.

Mrs Dickson made the call while declaring open a 2-day Bayelsa Women Summit with the theme “Ijaw Women Walking Tall” at the Dr Gabriel Okara Cultural Center, Yenagoa.

The Governor’s wife, who encouraged parents never to give up on their children, stressed the need for Ijaw women to take their rightful position in the scheme of things through commitment, hardwork and passion for excellence.

She also called on Ijaw women to jettison all divisive tendencies and support one another in the pursuit of their goals, noting that, mistakes in life should not be seen as stumbling blocks, but rather as formidable platforms to excel.

The 4th Bayelsa Women Summit featured lectures on different career development such as essential security tips, women in politics, academics, business, legal profession and journalism.

Mrs Nene Adala of Otuedu Community in Ogbia Local Government Area and Madam Ebimotimi Justice from Southern Ijaw were among several women that testified to the benevolence of the Restoration Government, which they noted, had empowered their families.

Also speaking, the three female members in the state House of Assembly, Hon Gold Ingo-Iwowari, Hon Ebiuwou Koku-Obiyai and Hon Kate Owoko lauded the Dickson-led administration for its gender friendly posture that has earned Bayelsa international recognition.

In her lecture on Women in Politics, the Managing Director of Bayelsa Trading Company Limited and former state Women Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mrs Faith Opene urged the Ijaw women to develop themselves educationally and shun blackmail and ‘pull her down syndrome’.

Goodwill messages were delivered at the summit by state representatives of various organizations, including National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), International Federation of Female Lawyers (FIDA), National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) and the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).

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