A former member of the Delta State House of Assemby, Honourable (Barr) Chinwe Monu – Olarewaju, has flagged of the celebration of the 2020 United Nations International Day of the Girl Child with a called on parents and care givers to give their girls greater opportunities for quality education in order to guarantee their future.
Olarewaju, who is the founder and initiator of the Monu – Olarewaju Foundation (MOF) while flagging off the event with the theme: “My Voice, Our Equal Future”, noted that the girl child was often disadvantaged, as against her male counterpart, explaining why the United Nations deemed it necessary to set aside a day to draw global attention to the plight of the girl child with a view to ensuring a bright future for her.
The MOF initiator, who revealed that the celebration would be taken to the 36 states of the federation, with the grand finale at Daura, Katsina state, said education remained key to securing the future of the child, and urged parents to take the education of their children, particularly the girls, more seriously.
She commended the resource person at the event, Augusta Impact, for educating the children on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and solicited the active involvement of governnent and critical stakeholders in securing the future of the girl child.
As part of activities to commemorate the day, Honourable Olarewaju also partnered with ANDALLAS Sports Academy in the sponsorship of a four – weekend under 13 Asaba Grassroots Tournament to catch them young.
The former Oshimili South Local Government Chairman, and currently the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Association of Ex – Local Government Chairmen in Nigeria (ASELGON) said the vision of the Sports Academy was in line with that of her NGO, which had reached out to children across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.
The MOF founder presented footballs, jerseys, among other items, to support the tournament and took the kick – off for the sports fiesta.
Mr Anderson Allanah of ANDALLAS Sports Academy, said the initiative started some seven years ago through self sponsorship and commended the Monu – Olarewaju Foundation for its contributions towards sustaining the Programme.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of a medal and certificate to Honourable (Barr) Olarewaju by Mr. Allanah, as grand patron of the Sports Academy.
Olarewaju was accompanied by a renowned educator, Augusta Impact, who also gave a talk on the occasion.