Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode has urged Nigerian girls to live moral lives, have confidence in themselves and adopt the winning attitude.
Mrs Ambode made this appeal during a programme tagged ‘Mentoring the Girl-child Initiative 2016’, at the Queens College in Lagos.
She stated that the society had thrown too many challenges in the way of the girls, which consequently weighed them down and made them lose their confidence as well as sense of security.
“We live in very challenging times that have made our girls to be wrongly exposed; some of those challenges include assault, child labour, open discrimination, rape, and domestic violence among others. These challenges have clearly taken a toll on them, by seriously eroding their sense of security and self confidence, making them fall short of expectations,” she stressed.
The governor’s wife advised them to build their self confidence and move with the assurance that they were capable of winning at all times, in tune with the theme of the programme: ‘‘Building the Winning Attitude in Every Girl-child’’.
“The winning attitude is all about believing in yourself, your ability and potential for success, it is about adopting the ‘I can’ attitude that leaves you with the confidence that you too can do it,” she explained.
Speaking further, she urged the girls to engage only in things that would add value to them as whatever they did now, would form the foundation of their future adult life.
In her welcome address, the convener of the programme and Iyalode of Lagos, Chief (Mrs) Bintu-Fatima Tinubu, regretted the serious decline in moral values among the girls, pointing out that only girl-child education and good social re-orientation, would rescue the society.
The guest lecturer, Erelu Bisi Fayemi in her 12– point lecture strongly advocated for girl-child education, stressing that parents should accord equal prominence to girl education as they often do for the boys.
Fayemi urged the girls to build the winning attitude by remaining focused, believing in their own abilities, cultivating reading habit, keeping good company and using the social media responsibly.
She also warned that just one costly mistake could create an indelible mark in a girl’s life.