Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen has called for the implementation of new polices, initiatives and mechanisms to support the enrolment of women and girls in science and technology.
She made the call in Abuja at Government Girls Science Secondary School, Kuje, FCT in commemoration of the 2021 International Day of Women and Girls in Science, with the theme,” Women Scientists at the forefront of the Fight against COVID-19.”
According her the impact of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, STEM to the nation’s economy was enormous and the participation of women and girls in the filed would improve scientific innovation for development.
“I call on stakeholders to strengthen our collective efforts aimed at creating awareness and sensitizing our children especially the girl child on the importance of choosing a career in science and technology education.” She said
The minister further said the ministry had intensified efforts to improve access to scientific and technological studies, information on the place girls and women occupies in science and technology, as well as girl-child education especially in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Representative of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Mrs Deborah Kuberet said the ministry was in collaboration with women-based science Non-Governmental Organisations to mentor young girls to engage in science courses and encouraged the girls to be dedicated to their science subjects.
The Deputy country Representative of UNFPA, Mrs Obiangeli Slyvana urged the girls to be resilient despite the challenges they may face to realise their full potentials and contribute to the development of science and technology in Nigeria