Posted 15 August 2011, by Dele Ogunyemi (Daily Champion), AllAfrica, allafrica.com
Ibadan — The Centre for Gender Empowerment (CEGEMP), a Non-Governmental Organisation has called on Nigerian parents to attach great importance to the education of their female children.
The organisation also enjoined religious groups in the country to complement the government’s Affirmative Action with faith Action through gender-friendly disposition.
Making the call on the heels of the recent emergence of a Nigerian lady, Bola Akande as the first African City Administrator of Brentwood in the United States of America (USA), the Executive Secretary of the organisation, Professor Stella Effa-Attoe noted with delight that the emergence of Bola for the top American job was a boost to the National Gender policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“With the development, it is abundantly clear that Nigerian women can attain great height under a gender-enabling environment anywhere in the world,” she said.
In a signed press statement made available to journalists in Ibadan, the CEGEMP Executive Director, who is a professor of history and international Affairs, hailed the celebrated news of the appointment of Bola Akande, daughter of a Nigerian Pastor who emerged as Brentwood Administrator to beat 40 other candidates in a male-dominated contest.
Professor Effa-Attoe remarked that “the appointment of Bola Akande, coming at a time when President Goodluck Jonathan has kept faith with his government’s Affirmation Action, is a good omen for Nigeria in the comity of nations.”
She commended the vision of the newly-appointed City Administrator who assumed office last Monday for her noble dream and urged her to step up her sterling qualities in the challenge of her new assignment so that she can continue to serve as an incentive to womanhood in Nigeria and in the world generally.
The Executive Director also congratulated her parents Revd and Mrs.S. T. Ola Akande for impacting dynamism into Bola whose remark in her father’s biography “Agent of change” attributed her success in life to the gender-sensitivity of the Akande’s family.