Girls Uphold Your Dignity (Awareness March)
14TH NOVEMBER 2015
The wife of the Akwa Ibom Governor and initiator Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Programme (FEYReP) Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel has reiterated the need for the girl child to abstain from premarital sexual relationships saying the prevalence of teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted disease among teenage girls in the state is worrisome and needs to be checked.
Mrs. Emmanuel made the call in Uyo during her Pet project walk awareness campaign on the girl child with the theme: GIRLS UPHOLD YOUR DIGNITY. She said the awareness walk became necessary in order to help sensitize the public on the need to uphold the integrity of the girl child adding that the decay in moral values in the society is alarming and needed to be revived.
The first lady also pointed out that it was high time parents especially mothers begin to walk the talk by inculcating good morals in their children especially the girl child, submitting that the responsibility of training the girl child lies predominantly with the mother. Mrs. Emmanuel noted that this when done will guarantee the girl child's future and as such make the society a better and safer place to live in. She promised that on her part, she will do all she can to ensure that women are economically empowered, stressing that when they are empowered the family and society benefits.
The Governor's wife also called on all to rise up to the responsibility of being the change agents by spreading the message around their locality, so as to achieve the much needed change. She disclosed that her team will go round schools in the state to propagate and sensitize students especially the girl child on the need for abstinence.
Also speaking, the coordinator of Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Programme, Mrs. Ime Ephraim Inyang said the dignity of the girl child in our society must be upheld adding that the sensitization walk is part of the various activities of FEYReP billed to sensitize the public on the need to protect the female child.
She appreciated the initiator of FEYReP, Mrs. Martha Emmanuel for her love and care for the girl child and women in particular describing her as the mother with a Golden Heart. The awareness campaign walk which started at the Ibom Hall grounds passed through Aka road and climaxed at the Government House, Uyo.