The minister of women affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen has restated her ministry’s commitment to ensure that Nigerian girls get quality education.
A statement by Shehu Maikai, director press in the ministry said, the minister made the statement at a farewell party organised for the outgoing permanent secretary, Mrs. Ifeoma Nkurika Anagbogu, Wednesday.
Tallen said that education is the only key that can open doors for women participation in governance adding that, the outgoing permanent secretary and the incoming one, Dr. Ifeoma Anyawu Utak were appointed permanent secretaries by President Buhari because they went to school and took their studies seriously.
“The minister called on parents to ensure that all female children go to school. She equally advised children both boys and girls to take their school studies seriously and to respect their parents and teachers, because that is the beginning of wisdom.
” In an emotional ladened voice, the minister thanked Mrs. Anagbogu for contributing to the achievements recorded in the ministry,” the statement said.
She wished the outgoing permanent secretary the best in her future endeavors.
Responding, the outgoing permanent secretary Ifeoma Nkeruka Anagbogu thanked the minister for the good working relationship she enjoyed while on the saddle as Permanent Secretary.
She said that it is human to err, but godly to forgive pleading with the staff of the ministry to to overlook her overbearance because, in governance, one is bound to step on toes to get things working.
She called on staff to cooperate with the incoming permanent secretary.
Also commenting, the new permanent secretary Dr. Ifeoma Anyawu Utak urged for support from all and sundry saying that she is a team player and is going to run an open door policy just as she solicited the cooperation of officers and staff of the ministry.
Awards were presented to some selected staff for dedication and excellent services.