The Nigeria Southern Governors’ Wives Forum (SGWF) on Wednesday appealed to parents to always pay attention to what their girl-child wear, watch and listen to protect them from rape and other vices.
They also urged the parents to teach their girl-child sex education while advising the children to make their parents their best friend.
Speaking during an interactive session with a cross section of Akwa Ibom school girls as part of the quarterly meeting of the forum in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, the hostess and the wife of Akwa Ibom state Governor, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel, advised the girls to uphold their dignity by abstaining completely from sexual relationships.
Mrs. Emmanuel said over 16 million teenage girls in Nigeria were pregnant, adding that the figure if not checked may go higher.
The Governor’s wife, who frowned at the high rate of teenage pregnancy in the country, said the interactive session was organized to sensitize and inspire the Akwa Ibom girl-child to aspire for greatness.
She encouraged the girls to abstain from any relationship that could impede them from their bright future, pointing out that the girl-child of today is the great mother of tomorrow.
Mrs. Emmanuel also gave a stern warning to those involved in child molestation and rape.
She said: “We need to punish the people that are raping our girls. This nonsense must stop. Report to us. We will hide your identity while the culprits will be punished.”
Also, the Chairperson of the forum, Mrs. Nneoma Okorocha in her remarks charged the girls to be proud of their identity, saying the girl-child has all it takes to become great in the society.
She said: “I charge you girls to study hard and be serious with your education, remember a dint of hard work and faith in God will guarantee your future.
“For you to achieve success there will be a lot of self denials. You must learn to sacrifice. We encourage you to remain focus, respect your parents and your teachers.
“Your life is in your hands. What you will be tomorrow is as a result of what you do today. To achieve the dream of Nigeria, the girl child of today must get it right. Hope is not lost for the girl-child.”
Present at the occasion were wives Akwa Ibom State Governor; Mrs. Martha Emmanuel; Imo State Governor, Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha; Ogun State Governor, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun; Abia state Governor, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu; Cross River State Governor, Dr. Linda Ayade; Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Enugu State Governor, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi; Delta State Governor, Mrs Dame Edith Okowa and Ebonyi State governor, Mrs. Racheal Umahi.