Torugbene Community Reiterates Priority To Girl - Child Education - Commends Comrade Joseph Evah's Support


By Harrison Akamule

PRESIDENT of the National Union of Torugbene

Students and Workers (NUTSAW), Pereotubo Charles has called for a unified approach to the challenges of development, especially the educational empowerment of the girl child.

Speaking at the annual convention of the union held in Torugbene Town, Burutu Local Government Area, Comrade Charles said the focus of the union this year is the education of the girl child.

He said although the male folk in the community have risen up to the necessity to attain educational heights, many of the female gender are lagging behind in terms of educational attainment.

He said this is being addressed through efforts such as the engagements which the convention has afforded the union. Its theme was, "The Girl Child Empowerment" . He further said that it wants to lay bare the setbacks of illiteracy in this age and the need for the female gender to further embrace educational opportunities.

He recalled the maxim that when you educate a
woman, you educate a nation, adding that "you will agree with me that if you educate a woman, you educate more than just an individual. Women now have opportunities to be more involved in governance where they can hold positions such as commissioners, ministers, senators, among others but they must be given greater access to education. This is the reason we have made it a point of duty to offer necessary assistance to the female gender."

He said the union is procuring forms for University admission for female students them the needed encouragement."

The union which comprises of both students and workers in the area, according to its president, has some challenges, including the lack of active participation by the working class who have left the bulk of the union's activities in the hands of the students.

He further revealed that even ex-executive members of the union after getting a job fail to respond to the yearnings of the union and in most cases, cease to make contributions to its activities.

He however thanked some well-meaning personalities who have proven to be true sons of Torugbene Community by providing financial and moral support to

the union. Those mentioned include Justice F.F Tabai

(rtd) who he said has contributed to the emergence of an army of graduates in Torugbene Community. Also worthy of note he said is Hon. Mutu Emizibo and Comrade Joseph Evah who also have shown great interest in the welfare and survival of the union.

The union's president advised the youths, especially the female folk to embrace education as it is the bedrock of development in any society.

"Believe in yourself, follow the steps of our leaders and you will do well". He also enjoined political leaders in the community to bridge the gap between them and the youths so as to foster the growth of the community.


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