Wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, on Saturday urged groups, organisations and individuals to support more indigent girls and women to access quality education and empowerment.
Mrs Osinbajo made the call as a special guest at the Gala Night/Fundraising Dinner of the Diamond Lights Women Empowerment Initiative (DLWEI) in Lagos.
She said people, by educating girls and empowering women, would be investing in the future of the country.
According to Mrs Osinbajo “There are lots of women out there, our sisters, mothers, wives and daughters”.
She said “Some are educated, but they are helpless and powerless, while some are capable but they are ill-equipped. They stand at a crossroads.
Mrs Osinbajo explained that “Diamond Lights is at a crossroads because they have chosen to lend a helping hand”.
She said “They have chosen to help them to grow into greatness, knowing that if we know better, we will do better,” she said.
The wife of the Vice President, said that a little girl, given a helping hand, would be able to attain great heights like many notable women have done in the nation’s history.
In her address, the Founder on the DLWEI, Pastor Adefunke Kasali, said the initiative was born with a burden to reach out to women and girls.
Pastor Kasali said it was aimed at ensuring that women and girls fulfil their God-given purpose on earth.
She said that DLWEI was planning to take the initiative to the North-Central and North-East, to help displaced women and girls.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to the newsmen said the initiative did not only sponsor their education, but also gave them moral support.
Miss Esther Akinbinu, who graduated as an accountant from the University of Lagos (UNILAG), said she went through the university without worrying about her tuition and other expenses as Diamond Lights saw her through it all.
A grandaunt of UNILAG and 2013 best medical student, Dr Adebanke Adenola, said she lost her father three days after she was admitted into the university.
Dr Adenola said “I could not pay my school fees because I had financial challenges as a result of my father’s death”.
She added that “I reluctantly applied for this scholarship because I did not have any other choice”.
”This initiative turned out to be wonderful and helped me achieve my dreams in life. They gave me hope when I was hopeless, ”she said.
NAN reports that Diamond Light Women Empowerment Initiative is a non-governmental organisation with focus on education of girls from indigent homes.
It has supported over 150 young women through their university education since 2006.