The Federal Government reiterated its unwavering commitment to the advancement of girl-child education and gender empowerment, promising to prioritize these issues in its policies and programs. Vice President Kashim Shettima conveyed this message to a delegation from the United Nations (UN) during their visit to the Presidential Villa on Wednesday.
The UN delegation, led by the UN Deputy Secretary-General and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group, Mrs. Amina Mohammed, was accompanied by renowned activist and Co-Founder of Malala Fund, Ms. Malala Yousafzai, along with other officials.
Vice President Shettima reaffirmed President Bola Tinubu’s dedication to education and the empowerment of women, emphasizing that Tinubu wholeheartedly supports initiatives focused on girl-child education and gender empowerment. “President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is fully and unequivocally committed to the girl-child education and gender empowerment initiatives,” Shettima stated, as reported by Olusola Abiola, the Director of Information in the Vice President’s office.
Shettima emphasized that the current administration will vigorously pursue Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4 and 5, which aim to ensure quality education and promote gender equality, respectively. He praised Amina Mohammed and Malala Yousafzai for their tireless efforts in advocating for girl-child education and applauded their contributions in empowering women. Shettima regarded Amina Mohammed as a beacon of hope for African women, citing her resilience, commitment, and integrity. He also recognized Malala Yousafzai as an icon of hope and change in a world filled with despair.
The Vice President assured the Malala Fund of the Federal Government’s partnership, highlighting their shared vision for the betterment of Nigeria. Meanwhile, both Amina Mohammed and Malala Yousafzai commended the Federal Government for its significant strides in promoting gender equity and education for girls, acknowledging progress made in these areas across the country.
The Federal Government’s reaffirmation of its commitment to girl-child education and gender empowerment showcases its dedication to fostering inclusive and equitable development. By prioritizing these goals, Nigeria aims to create a society where all girls have access to quality education and opportunities for personal growth and empowerment.