This year, the theme of the International Day of the Girl Child is “GIRL PROGRESS, GOALS PROGRESS”.
To contribute to the process of developing the character and general well being of the Girl Child, PAANEAH Foundation in collaboration with Society for Adolescent and Young People’s Health in Nigeria (SAYPHIN) joined in celebrating the Girl Child at Ansar-Un-Deen comprehensive college (jnr), Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria, with its theme “TOGTHER, LET’S SAY NO TO THE GIRL CHILD ABUSE! AND YES TO THE GIRL CHILD DEVELOPMENT”.
The dignitaries present at the celebration included: HRM Oba Samuel Olufemi Ojugbele (JP) (Onilogbo of Ilogbo), Mrs. Amope Ajibola Chokor (Permanent secretary, civil service commission, Abeokuta) Mrs. Oloko (The zonal Educational Officer, Ado-Odo) Mrs. Eniolayokun (PAANEAH Board member) and many others.
Introduction and welcoming of guests was done by Mrs. Olamide Akanbi, PAANEAH representative.
The chairman of the occasion HRM Oba Samuel Olufemi Ojugbele (JP) (Onilogbo of Ilogbo) gave an opening address; in his address he appreciated the efforts of the Oganization(s) in making the youths their central target. He made known his advocacy for the girl child empowerment and development, he also made known to the audience the important of the girl child in the society. He advised the youths to always attend programs and activities of the organization(s) as they stand to gain a lot from it.
An impromptu speech was organized for the students, there was a balloting on the topics and each student representing the schools in the speech were asked to come up and pick their topics.
Schools that participated in the impromptu speech where; Ansar-Un-Deen comprehensive college (Snr), Ansar-Un-Deen comprehensive college (Jnr), Igamodeen grammer school (Snr), and St. Michael (Snr). At the end of the speech presentation the results of the judges was presented by Mrs. Eniolayokun who happened to be one of the judges. Ansar-Un-Deen (Snr) scored 42, Igamode grammar school (Snr) scored 38, while St. Michael scored 36.
Mrs Amope Ajibola Chokor (Permanent secretary, civil service commission, Abeokuta) the guest speaker gave her lecture on the topic; “Together, let’s say no to the girl child abuse! And yes to the girl child development”. She emphasized on the importance of the girl child to the development of the society, which she strongly disagree to the slogan that says “the life of a girl child ends in the kitchen”. She cited examples of great women who have made it in life like Mrs. Okonjo Ewela, amongst others, and urged the female not to accept intimidation from the society to destroy their dreams of becoming great ambassadors of the country (Nigeria).
Presentation of price/award.
A price was given to all the participants in the impromptu speech competition, and the price for the best school presenter was given to Ansar-Un-Deen comprehensive college (Snr), the award presented to students was done by Mrs Eniolayokun. An Award of excellence was presented to the guest speaker Mrs Amope Ajibola Chokor (Permanent secretary, civil service commission, Abeokuta) by HRM Oba Samuel Olufemi Ojugbele (JP) (Onilogbo of Ilogbo).
The chairman’s closing remarks was given by HRM Oba Samuel Olufemi Ojugbele (JP) (Onilogbo of Ilogbo), he appreciated the organisers of the event for coming up with such an educative event to impact in to the youths who are the leaders of tomorrow. He advised the youths not to involve in fraudulent acts that will tarnish their future.
The vote of thanks was given by Mrs. Bamidele Bello, SAYPHIN Representative.