Akawu Adamu, a police officer serving in the FCT, whose daughter Talatu Adamu emerged as the best graduating student of University of Abuja, revealed that some of his close associates said he was wasting time and money educating his daughters as the girls were likely not to complete their education or may get pregnant in the process.
I am excited. I have five children – four girls and my fifth child who is a boy. My passion for education has always made me ensure that none of them is out of school. They are always in school so I have hope that they will become great in their endeavours. My desire to enroll them in school was borne out of my passion for education. Being who I am, I do not listen to them. But the discouragement came from different people because they are all girls. But as for me, I was not discouraged because I believe that anything a boy can do a girl can do better. That is my policy. he said in an interview with Aso Chronicles
Mr Adamu disclosed this when the Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido honoured his daughter who emerged the overall student in University of Abuja with 4.81 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) for 2018/2019 academic session.
I can remember some of my close associates who said I was just wasting my time, that the girl might not complete her education or somebody might impregnate her. They said my money and efforts would be wasted at the end. But I maintained my stance. I told them if that is how my money will be wasted, so be it.
‘What a man can do, a woman can do better’, that has always been my policy from the beginning so I was not bothered by whatever people said about my children. I don’t have to say anything to those people because they can now see what has happened. I just pray that God should broaden their minds to abandon such utterances. Adamu continued.
Talatu Adamu studied B.Sc Chemistry. Her academic career began at LEA Primary School Kuchingoro. She took first position in all her examinations from Primary to Secondary School. She was also the overall best WAEC candidate the year she wrote the exam. She then attended the University of Abuja where she emerged as the best graduating student.
My advice is that they should not segregate among their children. Whether a girl or a boy, they should believe that their children would go far in life. Some people believe that girls should not be enrolled in school because they would end up in the kitchen but we have the likes of Sirleaf of Liberia, Dora Akunyilli and several other great women. All of them belonged to a family. My advice to parents is that they should treat a girl-child equally as a boy. Adamu added
Hon. Candido also commended Talatu for making FCT indigenes proud and donated the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira Only (N 500,000.00) to her. He said that Talatu shall be given undergraduate assistant Job opportunity and automatic admission for her Master’s programme, by the state government.