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.
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.
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.