The Niger Delta Development Commission, under the leadership of its Acting Managing Director, Mrs Ibim Semenitari has taken action to tackle the much talked about deficit in the girl child education through its novel program tagged “Girls in Engineering, Maths and Sciences” GEM.
GEM is designed to inspire the young women of SS1 and 2 in the nine states covered under the NDDC Act to become empowered with the right skills that will enable them to be competitive in today’s world, especially in areas that has hitherto been seen as an exclusive male zone.
The GEM competition which has been ongoing will culminate on tomorrow with a grand finale were final winners are expected to emerge. According to a statement posted on the Facebook wall of the Special Assistant to the AMD on media, Mr Bekee Anyalewechi
“The finals of the Girls in Engineering, Math & Sciences, GEMS, competition for SS 1 & 2 students in the Niger Delta region will hold on Wednesday, at Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt. 33 all-female finalists, who made it from the 3 zones, will be slugging it out for the ultimate prize, honour and glory. Ondo State has the highest number of finalists.”
Mrs Ibim Semenitari’s initiative which seeks to empower the girl child against poverty and vulnerability by bringing them into areas of well paying jobs which are traditionally male dominated areas is in line with the 2016 International Women’s Day which has ‘gender parity’ as its theme.
Photo Credit: Bekee Anyalewechi