Remi Tinubu decries alarming rate of school dropouts among girls  

The first lady of Nigeria, Oluremi Tinubu, Tuesday, said the alarming rate of school dropouts among girls calls for urgent attention. 

She noted that the consequences of the challenges have been affecting the girl- child with attendant socio-economic implications on the nation. 

In her address at the sod-turning ceremony for the construction of an alternative high school for girls in Osogbo, Osun state, Tuesday, Oluremi said she envisioned and introduced the idea for the establishment of an Alternative High School for Girls, a vision which was accepted and utilised by the Lagos state Ministry of Education in 2007 when her husband was governor from 1999 to 2007.

“My motivation as an educationist and lifelong teacher stemmed from the desire to see young girls and women who dropped out of school due to unplanned pregnancies, cultural barriers, economic or financial reasons, and many more, have a second chance to complete high school, acquire higher education and valuable life skills, to enable them reach their full potential in life.

“In a world where every girl deserves the opportunity to thrive and reach her fullest potential, it is a sad thing to witness the barriers that stand in the way of their education. No doubt, without education, girls would lack the necessary skills to support themselves and access information to make informed decisions about their health and future.

“The alarming rate of school dropouts among girls is a stark reminder of the need for alternative solutions in their educational pursuits. The consequences of this challenge are profound, affecting not only their lives but also attendant socio-economic implications for our nation. We cannot afford to squander the potential and talents of half of our population,” she added.

In his speech, Governor Ademola Adeleke promised that his administration would provide the necessary support to ensure the smooth operation of the school when completed.

“We assure Your Excellency that our administration will follow up and provide needed support to ensure a robust operation upon completion of the school,” Adeleke said.