13th June, 2011
The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Hon. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire has reiterated the commitment of the State government to the education of the girl-child, while admonishing parents and guidance to take advantage of the free-education policy of the Fashola administration to send their children and wards, especially the girl-child to school rather than turn them into street hawkers and domestic servants.
Adefulire, who was speaking while receiving the Staff and Students of the New Era Girls Secondary School, Surulere who paid an excursion visit to her office, said provision of qualitative education at all levels in the state is a cardinal goal of the Fashola administration. She noted that in the last four years, the state government through the Ministry of Education, under the leadership of her predecessor, Princess Adebisi Sarah Sosan, has improved public schools with the provision of textbooks for students, desks and benches as well as the training and re-training of teachers. These investments according to her, have improved the performance of students in external examinations from 7% in 2008 to 21% in the year 2010.
The Deputy Governor also informed the students that the Child Rights Law in the State is designed to ensure that the rights of children are not eroded in any way, enjoining the students to ensure that they seek the guidance of their teachers and school counselors on any domestic issues and problems they may be facing at home.
She enjoined the pupils to take advantage of the accessibility of the government of Lagos State to channel their thoughts and opinions on issues, especially on education to the government for prompt action, adding that the government of welcomes constructive criticism and opinions from the public, especially the younger generation, noting that the effort of the government is geared towards giving them a brighter rewarding future.
The Principal of the School, Mrs. Kikelomo Thompson in her welcome address informed the Deputy Governor that the school decided to pay her a courtesy call as part of their excursion programme, which she said is in line with the Lagos-Eko Project.
She added that the visit to the Round House office of the Deputy Governor is also to congratulate her on her election as the Deputy Governor of the State, noting that the students are proud to have another woman as the new Deputy Governor.
Thompson praised the effort of the government in improving their school, adding that through the intervention of the Fashola administration, pupils in public secondary schools are competing with their peers in private schools.
She thanked the Deputy Governor for granting the request of the students to visit her, despite her tight schedule.
Highlight of the visit was the presentation of gifts to the Deputy Governor by the students, while she also in turn presented the students with copies of the Child Rights Law, the symbolic Yellow Card to parents whose children and wards are found roaming the streets during school hours as well as other school materials.