Prioritise girl-child’s welfare, parents urged

By Mary Agidi
As the International Day of the Girl- Child is being celebrated today worldwide, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, (NAWOJ), Ondo State chapter has called on parents and caregivers to ensure proper scrutiny of their girls and mentor them ideally.

In a statement issued by the union which was  signed by the Secretary of Ondo NAWOJ,  Mrs . Abooluwa Famakinwa, NAWOJ also appealed to the Commissioner of Police in the state to do all in his capacity to apprehend the killers of Miss Ajila Seun Fionna who was raped and stabbed to death at  her parents’ residence in  Ijoka, Akure on Thursday October 4.

The chairperson of the association, while felicitating with the girls on the day, said NAWOJ is pitching its tent with girls as they inspire, innovate and take charge of their own future.

The NAWOJ chairperson encouraged every girl- child to stay focus amidst challenges.

She warned parents on the dangers of lack of mentorship and monitoring of the girl- child, saying there are wolves in human clothing on the prowl ready to devour.

She added that parents especially mother’s should be extra vigilant and ensure proper scrutiny of the girl- child and the young adults associates and associations.

The NAWOJ chairman who frowned and totally condemned  the killings of girls in the society wants mothers to be their girls’ best friends.

According to  her, a smooth relationship between mothers and their girls will help greatly in shaping their  outlook.

In the same vein, Omotosho appealed to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to reduce school  fees  in public schools and other charges to the barest minimum for new intakes especially in schools located in Akure to allow more girls enrol.

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The NAWOJ chairman expressed the hope that the girl-child in this clime will surmount the challenges confronting her,  and  prayed  no parent loses any of their children.

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