The Organisation of Women in Science for Developing World (OWSD), Lagos Branch, has held the grand finale of its debate contest with experts stressing the need to encourage more girls to study science courses for the nation to be able to fully actualise her potentials.
The event was part of the activities to mark the International Year for Women and Girls in Science and had as its theme : “Investment in women and girls in science for green growth: A necessity for Nigeria.”
Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Management, University of Lagos (UNILAG),Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, who represented the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said the theme was apt for a country like Nigeria which is slowly recognising that a bird cannot fly with only one wing.
“ The perspective, creativity and pragmatism that women bring to bear in science cannot be ignored by any country that is interested in developing rapidly and taking a significant place among the comity of nations in the 21st Century,” she said.
Ogunsola expressed satisfaction that despite the challenges brought about by the advent of COVID-19, over 2,500 students still took part in the competition.
The President, OWSD, Lagos Branch, Prof. Joy Okpuzor, said the 10 finalists emerged from a team of promising pupils who would do the nation proud in future.
The Chair of the Local Organising Committee, LOC, Dr Kehinde Kemabonta, urged the girls to choose good role models.
Confidence Ndionyemma of Gbaja Girls Senior High School, Surulere came first and was given a laptop and a plaque.
Azuka Jessica of Maya Community Senior Grammar School, Ikorodu came second and was given N30,000 and a plaque, while Ajefu Treasure of Iba Housing Estate Senior Secondary School, Iba placed third and was given N15,000 and a plaque.