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ACTING Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Prof. Nelson Brambaifa has promised that the commission will prioritise girl-child education to build her capacity and enhance her self-esteem so as to contribute positively to nation-building.
Brambaifa spoke on Monday at NDDC’s Corporate Headquarters in Port Harcourt, when he received an award from the National Association of Nigeria Female Students (NANFS), who visited him.
The Managing Director described education as the bedrock of any developing country, with women being strategic in the equation.
He said: “NDDC has embarked on many infrastructural development projects and capacity building programmes in the Niger Delta. Many female students have benefited from our foreign post-graduate scholarships and other capacity building programmes over the years, because we believe in the saying that ‘educate a girl-child and you have educated a nation’.
“NDDC will collaborate with any organisation that is ready to promote and safeguard the education of the girl-child to acquire skills and boost her self-confidence. We have your proposal, and the management will look at it critically, to see the area in which we can partner to protect the girl-child.”
NANFS President Joan Obi pleaded with NDDC to support the organisation in its fight against discrimination of women in the society. She disclosed that NANFS had embarked on a sensitisation campaign tagged: “Say no to drug abuse and violence against women”.
Obi hailed the management of NDDC for executing people-oriented projects.
She said: “The advancement of education in the Niger Delta, through the ongoing scholarship programme, nation-building with transparency and integrity, as well as strong advocacy for peace and sustainable development in the Niger Delta region must be vigorously pursued.”
Obi, who presented an award of “21st Century Icon of Meritorious Service and Role Model to the Younger Generation” to Brambaifa, said the award was given in view of his outstanding leadership qualities, transparency and laudable contributions to the development of the Niger Delta in particular and Nigeria in general.
Source; The Nation Newspaper