September 7, 2016

Making a case for female education in Nigeria

Written by Lukmon Akintola, Ventures

Best female student in Nigeria

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The Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, offered an immediate scholarship to Faiza Abubakar, who got a distinction in all nine subjects at the 2016 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), making her the best candidate in the country.

Faiza who graduated as the best student from Olumawu College, Abuja, is from Bakin Zuwo, Kano Municipal area. Her performance moved the Kano state government to award her a scholarship that will cover her undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate degrees.

On Saturday, Mr. Ganduje, the governor, expressed his happiness about Faizah’s performance. He mentioned that the scholarship was his government’s commitment to acknowledging merit, and promised continuous support for girl-child education in the state.

“We are happy that this child has performed very well and I want to assure [everyone] that we will continue to encourage our people to achieve in their chosen endeavours and bring honour to their families, the state and the nation at large,” he said. “This gesture is to acknowledge merit and to especially encourage girl-child education in our state,” he added.

According to reports, Faiza who intends to study Medicine already has admission offers from seven universities in the United Kingdom, and one university in Egypt.

The bias against the female gender is a major topic of discussion among human right activists and political analysts. Moreso, various NGO’s are making efforts to promote gender equality and ensure the protection of women’s right. The denial of the female right to education is a big problem in the northern part of Nigeria. This underscores the level of prejudice against the girl-child in this part of the world. Faizah’s excellent performance provides a strong case for female education to be taken seriously.

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