Wife of Edo State Governor, Mrs. Iara Oshiomhole, has assured that the state government would always give priority to the girl-child education as educating the girl child is akin to educating the nation.
Mrs. Oshiomhole gave the assurance on Tuesday in Benin during her first public function as First Lady of the State at the 2015 edition of the Nigerian Girls Guide Association National Camp Meeting.
“Edo State is a strong believer in the training of the youth, especially the girl child and we believe strongly that whenever you educate a girl, you educate the family and you have educated the nation.
“I want to thank you for what you are doing here and I urge you to keep it up. I am very happy to be here in your midst today. I have heard a lot about the Girls Guide Association and I came here today to see what you have been doing and I am pleased with what I have seen here today,” Mrs. Oshiomhole said.
Earlier in her address of welcome, the Chief Commissioner, Nigerian Girls Guide Association, Mrs. Maria Goretti-Sule, thanked Mrs. Oshiomhole for her presence at the camp, adding that her presence in their midst would greatly boost the association. She appealed to her to carry the wives of the local government chairmen along in ensuring that rural dwellers benefit from the activities and training of the Girls Guide in their various localities.
Mrs. Goretti-Sule also used the opportunity to appreciate the state government for its support and assistance to the Girls Guide over the years. She however requesting for government’s assistance in introducing Girls Guide into the schools so as to help ‘catch them young’ and inculcate the lofty tenets of the association in the girl child.
Mrs. Iara Oshiomhole was later invested as the Patron, Nigerian Girls Guide Association, Edo State Chapter.