n their separate lectures, Prof. Afis Oladosu, of Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Ibadan and Dr Khadijat Shobowale, of Lagos State University, LASU, stressed the importance of education.

Mrs Shobowale said that Islam had made seeking of knowledge compulsory, irrespective of gender.


“More than 800 verses of the Quran reiterated the importance of knowledge. So, there is definitely no reason for you not to get educated.


“If you have people who are still preventing the girl-child from getting educated, it should be attributed to societal and cultural norms, and not Islam,” she said.

In her remarks, Mrs Balogun said that the celebration of the girl-child education was borne out of the need to increase awareness on more effective utilisation of women.

She said that the celebration was also to appreciate God and her husband, who had been a pillar of support to her.


Mrs Balogun also appreciated her parents, colleagues, religious organisations and others for their support.


“It is against this background that I announce, on behalf of GAKOF Foundation, the commencement of an annual award of N200,000 to the best M. Sc student in Vitro-biology Plant.


“This is to appreciate the contributions of our parents, Alhaji Ganiyu and the late Alhaja Kudirat Oladimeji, to the girl-child education.

“This will be done in collaboration with the University of Ibadan Post-graduate School,” she said.