Cleric Calls For Care For The Girl Child

Nigerians most especially the youths and leaders in the position of authority  have been advised to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship and team work  to enhance Nation building .

Prof. Sabit Ariyo Olagoke JP disclosed this while opening the 18th edition of Rasool cup competition which took place at the Nigeria Railway Corporation playing ground recently.

Prof. Olagoke hinted that the primary focus of extracurricular activities and sports is to teach discipline , dedication, hard work, commitment and team work as the only way to build a Nation positively while adding that it should be the responsibilities of all to value sportsmanship and courage to take action that will have good impact. He alluded that "A number of studies conducted by the World Health Organisation(W.H.O), have also highlighted that physical exercise can stimulate positive mental health and cognitive development "

Prof. Olagoke who is also the Patron of Olagoke babes and sponsor of the tournament discussed that sports is fundamental to the true enhancement of global development and the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs).

Earlier , while speaking to group of journalists during the 2022 Brownie day organised by the Nigerian Girls Guide Association, Oyo State chapter which was held at the Amphi Theatre of the Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Ibadan, Prof. Olagoke urged the girls and other teenagers to go through the journey  challenges and earn badges to become powerful agents of change , without any hindrance to participating fully in all aspects of life .

"You can win, You will  and You Must", Prof . Olagoke, a former Dean School of Engineering, Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State charged the youth. 

He however called for more efforts targeted towards the empowerment of the girl child , to evenly distribute the gains of gender equality globally.

While analysing  the girl child's predicament, Prof. Olagoke disclosed that, one in five girls is still subjected to early marriage, 140,000 girls between 15 and 19 years have HIV infections while 1 in 4 girls between 15 and 19 years were neither employed nor in education or training compare to 1 in 10 boys 

Prof. Olagoke equally noted that 1 in 20 girls of 15 and 19 years of about 13 million globally have been sexually assaulted and 132 million girls are out of school while over 4million risks genital mutilation annually.

Prof. Olagoke who is also the founder and spiritual head of Shafudeen in Islam worldwide added that all the tribulations of the girl child is from only the developing Nations. He therefore called on leaders of such countries to declare a state of emergency on caring for the girl child's for global peace.

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