Written by Ateed YUSUF

UniAbuja female students eager to join military

Female students of the University of Abuja have indicated their interest to become members of Nigeria’s Armed Forces on graduation.

Some of the students, who spoke with The Abuja Inquirer during a sensitisation lecture organised by the Centre for Gender Security Studies and Youth Advancement, expressed their determination to contribute their quota to nation building.

A 300 level student of Department Theater Arts, Mary Bala and 400 level student of the Department of Sociology, Martha Gabriel, respectively said the enlightenment programme came at the right time when security outfits are overstretched and lacked sufficient manpower.

The students revealed their zeal to apply for the job after their studies just they appealed to the military chiefs to give female additional slots above that of the male in the subsequent recruitment exercises.

On her part, the director of the centre, Prof. Fentola Ocholi, said the essence of the programme was to motivate young girls who have a dream to be enlisted into the armed forces.

She noted that the orientation programme would among other things clear negative perception and doubt in the minds of interested female applicants with desire to put on military uniforms.

The director supported the need for sending females to conflict zones especially in the Northern part of the country to assist their male counterpart’s combat terrorism.

Earlier, the Vice-chancellor, Prof. Abdulrasheed Na'Allah, represented by DVC Administration, Prof. Sani Adams, reiterated the commitment of the management of the university to enhance the activities of centre for the benefit of the students.

In their separate presentations, some female military unit heads assured the students that the military has established various departments to engage them when enlisted into the army citing legal, information and communication, medical, sports and religion units amongst others.



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