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Friday, 20 November 2015

Gov. Ahmed advises schoolgirls on healthy living

Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara, on Friday, urged schoolgirls to abstain from sedentary lifestyles that could expose them to cancerous diseases in future.

The governor gave the advice at the inauguration of Life Empowers Anchors Hope (LEAH), a cancer school club, as part of activities to mark the 2015 International Day of the Girl-child held in Ilorin.
The International Day of the Girl Child is being celebrated on Oct. 11, following UN General Assembly’s adoption of Resolution 66/170 on Dec. 19, 2011, to recognise girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
The governor, who was represented by the state’s Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajiya Ayinke Saka, urged girls to be upright, obedient and respectful.
He also urged them to report any act of sexual abuse or molestation to the appropriate school authorities.
Ahmed warned girls against sexual activities at tender age, saying early exposure to sex could make them prone to cervical cancer later in life.
He also urged parents to always show love and care to their children, especially the females.
In her remarks, Mrs Omolewa Ahmed, wife of the governor, pledged her support toward the emancipation of the girl-child.
She encouraged school children to report any act of molestation toward them to authorities, adding that appropriate authorities had been put in place to promptly address the situation.
Also, the Deputy National President, National Association of Women Journalists, Hajiya Bilqees Oladimeji, said that the International Day of Girl-child was to encourage individuals and organisations to address issues concerning the girl-child.
In her comments, a legal practitioner, Mrs Biola Adimula, said there was the need to inculcate discipline, guidance and training in a girl-child, as well as protect them from discrimination and harmful practices.
According to her, the Child Right Act provides that every child deserves a right to survival, development, protection and participation.

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