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Save the Girl-Child: DELSU Insists on Global Awareness for the Girl Child

 By Fidelis Onakpoma

The Vice-Chancellor Delta State University Abraka (DELSU), Prof. Andy O. Egwunyenga has reiterated commitments to provide an institutional framework for upholding global perspectives for girls' children in DELSU

He asserted on Tuesday 28th September 2021 during a courtesy visit to his office by Save the Girl Child Advocacy Africa led by Fidelis Onakpoma the Directorate alongside Hon. (Comr.) Wilson Ekwerekwu, Ambassador Anumoka Ugochi Ada, and Ambassador Fadah Ebikabo-owei, and Comr. Gideon Oghenefevwe

The courtesy visit became necessary to commend the partnership of the University at the recently implemented girl-child retreat, make a formal report about the project, and present a strategic road map for improved girl-child advocacy in the Niger Delta.

In opening remarks, Fidelis Onakpoma expressed indebtedness to the leadership and management of the University for shared partnership in the implementation of the 2021 Annual Africa Save the Girl Child Inaugural Lecture at the Institution.

Adding that there is now indeed a growing belief among pundits that the girl child is an indispensable catalyst for economic development, harmony, peace, stability, and security of the society; hence it is impossible to conceive of the survival and sustenance of human society without the girl child. 

Furthermore, he gave a summary of the implemented retreat by emphasizing the overall highlights of the project which included:

A call to action to participants, imploring them on the roles we all have in promoting girl child education, and addressing issues affecting girls children in our society; Harnessing Institutional Capacity for Upholding Global Perspective for the Girl Child in Delta State University Abraka; Strengthening the role of the Government in the fight against human trafficking, women inclusion, gender equality, and protection of girls and women against violence; and improved awareness on parental responsibility in raising the girl child.

In acknowledgment, the Vice-chancellor, Prof. Andy O. Egwuenyenga lauded the Organization saying with the global challenges faced by girls' children including gender-based violence, discrimination, child marriages, female mutilation, amongst others, advocating for the girl child is timely and long-anticipated.

Giving recommendations, he urged the Organization to set up the Save the Girl Child Club in the Institution as a practical and holistic approach to retaining the project within the school.

He further assured the Organization credible partnership with the University and to continually provide an enabling environment for the advancement of girls' rights, and promotion of girl child education.

While making the closing remarks and presenting an Award of Appreciation to the Vice-chancellor for the Keynote Address presented at the Inaugural Lecture, the Directorate Save the Girl-Child Advocacy Africa Fidelis Onakpoma reaffirmed the establishment of comprehensive partnership with the University as recommended.i

Recall that Save the Girl-Child Advocacy Africa is a Member of the United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI) and community-based outreach formed in Delta State Nigeria about 4years ago to advance the rights of girls and women, champion advocacy on gender-based violence, reproductive health, and sexuality education.

The Advocacy acknowledges the importance, power, and potential of adolescent girls by encouraging the opening up of more opportunities for them, and at the same time, to eliminate gender-based challenges that little girls face including child marriages, poor learning opportunities, violence, and discrimination.

Save the Girl-Child Advocacy Africa team with Prof Andy O. Egwuenyenga Vice Chancellor Delta State University Abraka

The Award Presentation

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Andy O. Egwunyenga Anumoka Ugochi Ada DELSU Fidelis Onakpoma Gideon Oghenefevwe


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