Foundation takes sensitisation on girl-child dev’t, hygiene to Anambra community
By Gabriel Chy Alonta
No fewer than hundred youths and children from Mbaukwu in Awka South local government area of Anambra state, have benefitted from sensitisation on proper hygiene and development of girl-child.
The sensitisation, Orient Daily reports, was organised by African Centre for Ethical Standards, a non-governmental organisation, tasked with promoting enduring values such as, integrity, honesty, hard work, among others.
The event was themed, “Development of Girl-Child”, and attracted notable academics and civil servants, who took turns to enlighten children and youths on maintaining ethical standards.
Addressing the participants at Justice Izuako’s compound on Monday, the foundation founder, Retired Hon. Justice Nkemdilim Izuako, said the gesture was a way of giving back to society, and noted that children need adequate development as they journey through morally-bankrupt world.
She decried that ethics had eroded Nigeria and her institutions, and called for reorientation and change of leadership to improve ethical standards. She faulted political leaders, traditional rulers and religious leaders, parents and so on, for failing to model worthwhile virtues to their subjects, while remarking the need to de-emphasise materialism.
The retired justice said, “Ethics has eroded us and we need to bring back our traditional values such as honesty, hard work, integrity in every aspect of politics, education, religion, offices and so on. We need good leaders in every facet to restore our lost virtues.
“Without good leadership and proper guidance, our children will continue to toe the path of materialism and debaucherous living. Our leaders at all levels must begin to model the right examples for children”. She further disclosed that similar sensitisation would take place in Ifitedunu, Dunukofia local government area on December 30, 2020.
In a lecture presentation, Anambra FIDA chairperson and professor of law at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Barr. Ogugua Ikpeze, told her audience to take education seriously, noting that education helps to also shape character and expose them to know their rights, as well as compete favourably with equals.
Ikpeze, who stressed the need for children to maintain ethical standards, told the participants to work hard, and embrace worthy routes. This, according to her, would distinguish them in society.
Speaking on the theme, the law teacher reiterated the need to protect every girl-child from evils such as marginalisation, child trafficking, violence, defilement/rape, etc, even as she urged participants to ensure their rights are not infringed.
While highlighting the benefits of education, the guest speaker told her audience to keep right companies, and to avoid acts capable of ruining their future, while warning them against engaging in illicit sexual affairs, involving in cultism, and other delinquencies capable of truncating their future. She also extolled Justice Izuako for deeming it fit to sensitise the community children/youths, and urged her not to relent on her oars.
Another speaker and nurse, Jennifer Ozua, who spoke on hygiene, urged the participants to ensure proper hygiene, as well as to take their bath regularly. She told them to keep proper sanitary hygiene during their periods, while emphasising on good hygienic lifestyle.
In a remark, the proprietoress, Kings Foundation Schools, Onitsha, Dr. Chinwe Francisca Orikeze, chided the children against incest, regretting that some parents sleep with their children, even as she warned of the impending repercussion. She further urged the participants to shun examination malpractices and to embrace hard work.
In a vote of thanks, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof. Carol Arinze-Umobi, described the founder as mentor par excellence, adding that they would be willing to support the beneficiaries educationally and otherwise. She urged participants to put the lessons to practice.
High points of the sensitisation exercise was the distribution of sanitary pads, tissues, toothpastes, soaps, detergents, sanitisers, pants and perfumes to the participants.