MALLPAI 2021 LITERACY DAY: Osinbajo, Gov. Atiku-Bagudu, Others Push for Provision of Basic Education for Girl-Child
BY ROSE AUDU
The Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo in an address on Saturday as the Special Guest of Honour at the MALLPAI Foundation 2021 Literacy Day with the theme: “Promoting literacy for better education in Nigeria” called on government at all levels to deliver on their responsibilities of providing basic education for the benefit of the citizenry especially the girl child.
According to him, education is the ticket to the full enjoyment of all human civil, socal and economic rights.
He said “when we talk about human rights that have been declared, the only way to access those rights, including economic rights, is by education at the most basic level.
“We owe our people the duty to educate them; we owe our people the duty to lift their minds to the level where they can benefit maximally from their environment and give benefits to others.”
He noted that such had enabled disadvantaged and out-of-school children surmount the hurdle of getting formal education, especially on account of prevailing culture.
On his part, Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku-Bagudu commended the federal government’s efforts, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, in meeting the target of providing basic education for Nigerian children to face future challenges.
He said Kebbi State has keyed into and achieved successes in some educational programmes that avail those without access to education the opportunity to face life challenges.
“The remarkable success recorded is that they were able to face the challenges as trusted and able to look at the government, to say we can do better here and differentl.”
In the same vein, Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba said what the Foundation had done was expected of everybody, saying government is all of us.
He said since 2009 when the Founder of MALLPAI Foundation, Hajiya Aisha Atiku-Bagudu, started the programme, she had reached out and touched many lives positively.
The event was well attended by dignitaries from Nigeria and neighboring African countries and featured panel discussions on policies to reshape the education of the girl-child.