The Wife of the Governor, Dr. Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu says the time has come to give the Girl Child her right of place to guarantee a rounded and stable society.
In a message to mark the 2022 International Day of the Girl-Child, Mrs. Ikpeazu said the theme of this year’s celebration is a wake-up call for the impendency of allowing girls to realize their full potentials presently to enable them to claim stakes in the future of humanity.
She noted that a number of problems confront the Nigerian Girl Child, directly and indirectly limiting her development which include sexual abuse, child labour, forced marriage, as well as discrimination in the family nucleus and society.
Mrs. Ikpeazu stated that increasing access to Information and Communications Technology for the Girl Child, as well as encouraging, the girl child to take up academic courses in STEAM subjects including Science, Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics are way of giving the girl child a boost to leadership position in the development of society.
The Wife of the Governor further said that the Girl-Child must be promoted as agents of change, protected from gender-based violence, inequalities and discrimination on many fronts, adding that the government Community and Faith-Based Organizations, Civil Society Groups, Human Rights Groups, husbands, and other stakeholders in society should rise to their billings.