NGO fetes school girls to mark International Day of the Girl Child

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The President of a non-governmental organization [NGO] known as the Life Savers Ambassadors International, Bishop [Dr.] Juanita Nwendu, has appealed to the Federal Government to enact more stringent laws against rape to check the deliberate and rampant molestation of the girl child in Nigeria.

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Bishop Juanita Nwendu faulted the existing laws and also remarked that the implementation of the punishment against sex offenders has been too lenient and this has caused sharp increase in such offences in the country.

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The religious leader spoke in an exclusive interview shortly after a lecture organized by Life Savers Ambassadors International, at the Government Secondary School, [GSS], Kuje, Wednesday to mark 2021 International Day of the Girl Child.

She argued that sex-related offences against the girl child have increased lately because the judicial system has not been firm in applying the laws or in punishing offenders who are sometimes slapped with light sentences or fines which do not deter others from committing the same crimes or a repeat of the same offence.

“We are here to celebrate the girl child to mark the International Day of the Girl Child because when you train a girl, you train a nation. What is happening in the country today as it affects the girl child is very disturbing. To be a girl is not a curse but some people are making it look like it is, and that is why we are here to give hope to the girls by telling them that every one of them has a bright future.

“Without the girl child, the population cannot increase because there will be no mothers or sisters and so on. It takes the mother to mould the family and the family is a smaller unit of the community or nation. We are here to encourage the girls so that they will all hold themselves in high esteem and aspire to greatness,”

Bishop Juanita Nwendu, who is also the Founder of the Women in Africa for Aids Initiative [WINNA] stated.

The church leader frowned against the release of policies without backup actions and stated that although the nation has policies to protect the girl child, the implementation of such policies has become a mirage and has encouraged sex offenders to continue with the crime.

She urged the government to activate the necessary mechanism to allow the laws work for the protection of the girl child by making it mandatory for policemen to enforce existing laws while efforts are being made to review and increase the light sentences.

“There are many laws that the society does not know and even those known are not activated or used. Except laws are made operational, people will continue to do evil things and get away with their actions,” she noted.

She advised parents not to compel their daughters to marry early, stressing that early marriages kill the ambition and prospects of girls who would have contributed positively to nation-building had they been given the opportunity to do so.

International Day of the Girl Child also donated several materials and consumables to the lucky female students who were drawn from SSS3 classrooms.

The principal of the secondary school, Alhaji Bello Adam Gupa, in a brief remark, thanked the NGO for celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child with female students of the school and for providing them with assorted gift items. He urged the students to make use of the lessons learnt from their interaction with members of the non-governmental organization./SHARE THIS

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