As Cross River State joins the world to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child with My Mother and I timeless Impact Foundation in collaboration Population Services International Nigeria ( psi ). A one day social responsibility programme to commemorate the international day of the girl child and launch of early menstruation campaign was held at State Housing Secondary School, Calabar.
Speaking, Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu admonished the girl child to be resourceful and innovative in all their doings.
According to her, this year’s theme ‘With Her: A Skilled Girl Force’ is coming at a phase when girls are still perceived as vulnerable and weak, making them susceptible to gender inequality, sexual assault, child marriage, unintended pregnancies, having limited choices.
She further said it is time to improve skills of girls in Nigeria and across the world. This will improve their economic power, decision space and self-esteem. Life has little to do with where girls are born or their social strata but more about the quality of their dreams and actions to achieve it.
She tasked them to always. identify problems and proffer solution to it as Cross River State Government, especially the wife of the Governor Dr Linda Ayade is all out to protect the girl child through her Mediatix Development foundation that is already protecting the right of girl child across the State.
Earlier Speaking, Lady Tina Ihuka, Director of My Mother and I,Timeless Impact said the NGO is out to restore and establish real families through love and impact that transcend time and season and to be the voice and posture of purposeful change in the woman of all.
Also Speaking, the Principal of the School, Mrs Patience Bolaji Anani said a girl child is an important personality all round the world and is grateful that the Trio choosed her school to mark the day. She emphasise that girl child need to be encouraged educationally and not to be force into early marriage.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong who was represented by Mrs Eno Archibong charged the students to study hard and become whatsoever they wish to become in life.
Dr Noel Ngozi Ogamba of Population Services International Nigeria ( psi ) gave health talk to girls on early marriage. She noted that now is the right moment to review the kind of information they are provided or the kind of skills that are available for the girl child.
She noted that providing twelve years of free, safe and qualitative education is great but it is worrisome and self-defeating when girls begin to stay out of school because they are menstruating; or because there are no school toilets or because a father thinks it is waste of money and time to let her be in school.
The NGO with the support of Cross River State Government donated free pads, sanitizers, towels, and toiletries to female secondary school students.