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Ekiti State First Lady, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi has condemned the increasing number of out-of-school children
in the country.
Erelu Fayemi indicated that the girl-child accounts for over six million out of the 10.5 million children
that lack access to formal education in Nigeria.
According to her, female political representations at the National Assembly and other levels are
abysmal but noted that with gradual conscious efforts being made to sensitize women in the country,
she foresees a better representation in future elections.
Mrs. Fayemi disclosed this yesterday while delivering the fifth Distinguished Lecture entitled: 'Clapping
With One Hand: 'Female Education, Leadership and the Quest for National Development’ at the
University of Medical Sciences, Ondo City, Ondo State.
A copy of her lecture paper which was made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti said the level of
insecurity in the North-East and the incessant kidnapping of children have affected their education and
these would have a dire implication on the future of Nigeria.
She added that despite their successes and achievements, millions of women and girls still suffer from
feminization of poverty, lack of access to basic resources, diseases, violent conflict and the complex use
of culture, religion and tradition to make the female gender voiceless in the society.
"The activities of Boko Haram have had a devastating effect on millions of citizens, especially women
and children, their education has been affected so badly that the effect will be felt for many years to
come.
"Nigeria currently has one of the highest rates of out-of-school children whom statistics pegged at 10.5
million with females accounting for 60 percent of them.
"There are also 1.9 million Nigerians living in internally displaced camps around the country and over
one million of them are women and girls, with the attendant risks this poses.
"If you look at the configuration of the National Assembly since 2011, women representation has always
been very bad and this has not given them the opportunity to participate in setting legal frameworks
that regulates governance.’’

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