Wife of the Kwara State Governor, Mrs. Omolewa Ahmed, has asked teenage girls in the state to report every case of sexual molestation or child abuse against them to her office directly for immediate action.
The governor’s wife stated this in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital while addressing female students drawn from over 500 secondary schools in different parts of the state.
Mrs. Ahmed who spoke at an event marking the International Day of the Girl-child, with the theme: “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision 2030‎”, noted that the culture of silence among victims of child abuse had encouraged perpetrators to go unpunished.
She also inaugurated the Life Empowered Anchors Hope, LEAH, Cancer School Club among the students even as she released her telephone number and e-mail address to the students to either send text messages or write to her and assured them she would always call to know the details of what they were passing through.
She advised the students to face their studies and be obedient to parents and school authorities, adding that education would make them good and responsible citizens of the country. Decrying all forms of child abuse, including early marriage, hawking, use of children as house-help, among others vices, Mrs. Ahmed advised parents to promote the education of their children.
The event, which witnessed inspirational talks by various speakers such as Nollywood stars, medical doctors, lawyers, journalists, among other professionals, also afforded the students the opportunity to watch a short film on child abuse and its consequences.
The students were also taught how to check their breasts to detect cancer just as they were advised to always go for medical checkup.


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