Girl Child : NCWD, NAPTIP issue human traffickers red card

Director-General of the National Centre for Women Development, Mrs. Mary Ekpere-Eta Esq. and the representative of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Mrs. Ebere Ulasi on Wednesday jointly issued a red card to human traffickers.

This is as thousands of students thronged the main auditorium of the National Centre for Women Development on the second day of the events lined up to mark the International Day for the Girl Child.

Before the symbolic act, Ekpere-Eta and Ulasi had taken turns to condemn all forms of human trafficking and modern slavery, calling on girls, who dominated the number of students at the event to concentrate on their education. And to stay away from individuals capable of derailing them from achieving their ambitions.

The NCWD Director-General, who had earlier reiterated the commitment of the Buhari administration to investing in the education, healthcare and empowerment of girls and women, also cautioned girls against falling for false promises of scholarship and work opportunities overseas.

She warned that thousands of girls who are trafficked overseas end up being victims of modern slavery.

On her part, Ulasi who represented the Director-General of NAPTIP, Dame. Julie Okah – Donli, appealed to girls to fully take advantage of the opportunity they have been given by their parents to acquire an education. She encouraged the students to work towards making the great promise the Nigerian girl child represents to a reality through hard work.

Also speaking at the event, national women leader of the APC, Hajiya Salamatu Baiwa-Umar hailed the tremendous progress Nigerian women have made over the years. She assured on the commitment of the current administration to creating thousands of more success stories from women through the right policies.

Former First Lady of Bayelsa State, Mrs. Alayingi Sylva in her goodwill message urged that girls believe in themselves and remain steadfast in their pursuits.

National President of the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS), Dr. Gloria Laraba Shoda used the event to encourage girls to complete their education no matter the challenges. She also stressed the need for girls to be educated on reproductive health rights.

Speaking on behalf of sponsors of the event such as Itel Mobile, Zenith Bank, leader of the delegation from SIMBA Group, Mr. Misha described Nigerian women as role models for hard work and dedication.

He urged that girls educate and train themselves in relevant skills in order to be economically independent.
He urged that girls educate and train themselves in relevant skills in order to be economically independent.

Students whose lively applause and responses added much color to the event  and other guests were entertained by scintillating performances by a cultural troupe from Cross Rivers State, comedians and female pop artistes.

Selected number of students participated in the skills acquisition programme held at NCWD, even as students who came tops in different competitions were presented with gift items.
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