Wife of Cross River State governor, Mrs. Eyoawan Otu has charged parents to encourage their girl-child to pick up careers in the area of Science, Technology, engineering and mathematics to rank up with their counterparts in India, China and America.
She said if the girl-child are to be encouraged to choose careers in the area of science technology, Nigeria could stand the chance of exporting technology to foreign countries.
Otu’s wife gave the advice at the launch of the “Rev Eyoawan Otu Girls In Stem Project”(a training programme organised by her to build capacity of girls in the area of cyber technology), which takes place at Cross River University (UNICROSS) yesterday in Calabar.
The governor’s wife who spoke through the state commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr. Justin Beshel stated that the initiative embodies her commitment to empower brilliant young girls to break barriers , shatter ceilings, and forge a part towards a bright future.
“In today’s rapidly changing world, science, technology, engineering and mathematics collectively known as STEM, have become the driving forces of progress.
“These fields hold the keys to innovation, development and prosperity. It is our responsibility to ensure that our young people are not left behind, but are equipped with knowledge, skills and confidence to excel in STEM.
“As part of our People First Agenda, my husband and I aim to create an inclusive ecosystem where girls can dream big and pursue their passions in STEM without hesitation.
“By Investigating in their education and empowerment, we are investing in the future of our state. A future that will be defined by innovation, progress, and equal opportunities for all,” she said