LASG Hosts 40 Unilag Students For ‘Take A Girl Student To Work Day’ Project
Aug 28, 2009 - The Lagos State Government Friday hosted 40 female students of the University of Lagos in the “Take a Girl Student to Work” project as part of programmes lined up for the celebration of South Africa’s Women’s Day in Nigeria.
The project, initiated by the South African High Commission in Nigeria is an annual corporate investment and a constructive way of dealing with challenges faced by young women, particularly African girls/women students.
The students, who were randomly picked from different department of the University by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Foreign Affair, Ms Toyin Caxton-Martins, were distributed to different Ministries in the Secretariat including the Deputy Governor’s Office.
Addressing the students after the day’s work, Ms Caxton-Martins said the essence of the project was to introduce them to what goes on in the Government Ministries including the bureaucracy and the discipline in the Civil Service.
She said no matter how brief the period was, it had afforded them the opportunity to meet the civil servants at work and also to relate with them pointing out that even if the only thing they did was to familiarize themselves with the offices, it was a worthy experience.
Giving their experiences later, some of the students said though they did not do much, they were able to observe the goings on in the offices which afforded them the opportunity to get the feeling of the working environment.
Odunayo Makinde who was posted to the Office of the Deputy Governor said she was opportune to meet the Deputy Governor and the Permanent Secretary who, according to her, introduced her to other staff of the Office and briefed her on the activities therein. She described the experience as very wonderful.
Welcoming the students when they paid a courtesy visit to her office, the Deputy Governor, Princess Sarah Adebisi Sosan expressed joy that the South African High Commission in Nigeria has chosen this month to celebrate women saying because of their status in society, women need to be celebrated everyday.
She said the Governor Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) is very passionate about women’s and children’s cause and that of the youths pointing out that the focus of the State Government, especially, this year is on youths and women as a whole adding, “ that is why I am glad that the South African High Commission declared this month, August, to celebrate women”.
“We want to thank the South African High Commission for thinking it wise to dedicate a whole month to celebrate women. This is not strange. We know the task the God has given unto women and it is women that make the world go round”, the Deputy Governor said.
The Deputy Governor pointed out that although the programme was short, the experience gathered by the students was capable of changing their focus about how government works adding, “The experience will help you to be more focused; it will help you to weigh the implications before you talk. I am sure today’s programme is an eye-opener to all of you”.
Saying that the present administration is so particular about the welfare of women, the Deputy Governor praised the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Joke Olelope-Adefulire, for her dedication to the affairs of women and children noting that it is under her Ministry that the Child’s Rights Law was passed.
The Deputy Governor admonished the students to uphold the integrity of womanhood and not to debase themselves even in the face of the current world economic recession, adding, “As you go out there, maintain your integrity as a woman”.
In an interview later the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Joke Orelope-Adefulire said when the programme was brought to her notice, she applauded it because it has to do with the youth, especially young girls.
“It is part of the policy thrust of this administration to empower our young girls, to prepare them, develop them so that their future can be guaranteed and what we have today is what we would adopt as a ministry, as a government, to be able to showcase our girls to the different parts of the programmes and policies of our government, especially those that have to do with the private sector and government agencies to be able to make their choice”, the Commissioner said.
The students were later presented with “Nice meeting you” gifts by the Deputy Governor.