Ogide Samuel, Warri
A Non-Governmental Organization known as The Porchfied Foundation has charged Nigerians and the world over not to molest the girl child in the society adding that they are assets to the society if well brought up and exposed to the same opportunity with the boy counterpart in the areas of education, trade among others.
Speaking at the programme organised in Agbassa Community in Warri South Local Government Area, Delta State, yesterday Sunday, the Chairman, Board of Trustee, Comrade Gabriel Onaidhe said the organization has to use the day to celebrate the girl-child looking at how they are molested in the society.
He said: “We are using today being international Day of the girl-child October 11 to celebrate our girl child in the society”
He said due to maltreatment, many of them have committed suidcide. adding that many of the girls are not only sexually abused by rape but all forms of inhumane treatment are girven to the girl child.
He said the body deemed it necessary to come out and celebrate them being the day marked for them world-wide.
He said: “We, the Agbassa Community in conjunction with Preach Jesus deemed it necessary to celebrate the girl child today. This is to let the world know that girls are important as boys and should be treated fairly.”
Comrade Onaidhe who said the foundation has been championing the cause of girl-child for the past two years and have been preaching the need to treat the girl-child fairly, said they have been to the three senatorial districts of the state.
According to him, for the avoidance of doubt, they have been to Oruka in Abraka in Ethiope East Local Government Area, Ogulagha and other communities in the riverine areas and have partnered with the Ministry of Education in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State to sentisse parents on the need to treat their girl-child fairly and expose them to the equal opportunity as their male counterparts.
Earlier in his address, the Delta State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor(Esq) said the Delta State Government has signed into law the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law (VAPP) which stipulated life imprisoment for anybody who is gulity of rape in the state.
The Hon. Commissioner who was represented by Aikpokpo -Martins, the Assistant Director in the Ministry of Justice and Vice Chairman of Law Officers Association of Nigeria, Delta State chapter said the girl-child should not be raped or abused as anybody caught would be prosecuted and if found guilty would face the wrath of the law and therefore charged mothers to report any case of such to the ministry for prompt action.
On her part, Pastor (Mrs.) Uche Emeka, an educationist and a girl-child development crusader said many inhumane treatments are melted to the girl- child in the society which ordinarily ought not to be so adding that such maltreatment should stop because women are unique in their nature.
She said: “We, the women, are very important in the society. If not for us, the people in the world would not have been given birth to. So, on this strength we should be respected.”
Mrs. Emeka who is the Chairperson of YANA International Women’s Foundation and a staff of Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, charged parents to expose their girl-child to education saying that is the only way for them to gain recognition in the society.
She also charged the girl-child to take up the challenge of improving on their lots to compete favorably with their male counterpart in the society.
Not out is Lady Onome Blessing of Kpoko 100.5 FM. She also admonished the girl-child to take challenges to be better persons in the society. She said being a girl is not disadvantage as everyone is important, adding that they should have self-esteem and avoid looking at themselves as inferior to their male counterparts.
The highpoint of the programme titled: “My Voice, Our Equal Future” was the presentation of awards to winners in different games such as Ludo and others.