First Lady, Oluremi Tinubu, has joined other African First Ladies to affirm that closing the gender gap is not an act of charity but of justice.

In a statement issued at the weekend, the First Lady explained that without education, girls would lack skills to support themselves and access information to make informed choices about their health and future with school dropouts further fueling the cycle of poverty and gender inequality.


According to the statement issued by her media aide, Busola Kukoyi, Mrs Tinubu made the call while addressing the Organization of African First Ladies for Development in Addis Ababa the Ethiopian capital on the sideline of the ongoing African Union General Assembly.

She noted that it was disturbing that embedded social norms like early marriage and childbearing restrict life choices for girls.


The First Lady informed the gathering that the Federal Government through the Ministry of Education was set to establish nationwide, the Alternative High School for Girls, an initiative she envisioned while she was the First Lady of Lagos State.