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Sex abuse, problem affecting children- Rivers dep gov

Sex abuse, problem affecting children- Rivers dep gov - Sex abuse, Port Har­court

By Dennis Essang, Port Harcourt

The Deputy Governor of Rivers state, Dr (Mrs.) lpalibo Harry Banigo, says the Protect the Girl- Child initiative of her office has identified sex abuse as one of the major problems affecting children, physical­ly and psychologically.

The deputy governor stat­ed this during a sex and sexual abuse mentorship exercise organised by her office as part of the protect the child-girl initiative pro­gramme of her office at the Federal Government Girls College, Abuloma, Port Har­court.

Represented by her Spe­cial Assistant Mrs. Inegogo Fubara, Banigo said the is­sue of sex and sexual abuse has become very rampant in the society, noting that the narrative on sex is also changing.

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According to her, “most mistakes young people make today are sexually related that is why it has become necessary to let them know about the dangers of pre­marital sex in a bid to help protect their destinies”.

Banigo, who disclosed that 12 girls drawn from the As­semblies of God Church are being monitored in the sci­ences, noted that she was passionate about the girl-child and passionate about protecting the rights of girls and women.

He said that the exercise would be replicated in other schools.

A medical practitioner Dr. Ovundah Nyeche, who spoke on the theme, “Sex the Na­ked Truth” and a counsellor Dr. (Mrs.) Chinelo Ugwu, who spoke on the “Psycho­logical Consequences of Early Sexual Relationship,” insisted that sex must be within the confines of mar­riage, advising the girls to abstain from illicit sex and concentrate on their studies.

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Also speaking, Pastor Chris Onyeoma of the Royal Diadem Church, who led the students to Christ, identified seeking God early as a solu­tion to the problem of early sexual relationship.

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