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Okei-Odumakin, others make case for girls ICT education

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By Ada Anioji

 

Human rights activist, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, UK-based engineer, Anuli Obiaga and CEE-Hope founder, Betty Abah were among participants who congregated in Ogba, Lagos, Tuesday to make a strong case for girls ICT education in the country.

The event was the formal commissioning of the Girls ICT Centre, an initiative of the Centre for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection, CEE-Hope which took place at the organisation’s headquarters in Ogba, Lagos.

CEE-Hope runs projects for disadvantaged children in slum communities across Lagos These include Makoko, and Monkey Village as well as displaced Otodo Gbame evictees.

Making her presentation, Anuli Obiaga, who is an ICT practitioner in Aberdeen, Scotland counselled on the need for young girls to find worthy role models that would help feed their dreams. She also encouraged the young ladies in the audience to not be discouraged by allusions to the fact that the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) professions were not lady-like vocations, affirming that ‘if you have a head, you very well can do it!’

Contributing, Okei-Odumakin, who is President of the Women Arise Network, lauded CEE-Hope for having provided a practical solution in the march for the empowerment of the girl child, saying that the ICT training to be provided by the centre would surely go a long way in ensuring that the beneficiaries grow up into being more resourceful and dependable members of the society in the future.

In her welcome remarks at the event, CEE-Hope founder, Betty Abah lamented that it was indeed most paradoxical that it was the same country where public officials were being revealed to have stolen vast billions of naira from pension contributions that also holds the shameful record of being responsible for the most out-of-school children in the globe.

 

CEE-HOPE’s ‘Triple G’ girls with Engineer Anuli Obiaga-Marshal, Sola Alamutu, Betty Abah and Dr. Princess Olufemi-Kayode at the commissioning of CEE-HOPE’s ICT Centre, recently

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