By; Patrick Titus, Uyo.
In Akwa Ibom state any school teacher found abusing a girl child would be prosecuted and dismissed from service, hence teachers are warned.
The state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel handed the warning in his address during this year’s children day celebration at Uyo Township Stadium in Uyo, the state capital on Friday.
Governor Emmanuel, who advised teachers in both private and public schools in the state to shun all form of abuses against girl child, maintained that government would not hesitate to invoke the provisions of the Child Rights Law in the state to deal decisively with such errant teacher anytime such crime is reported in any school.
According to him, government has dedicated some telephone lines where a girl child who is victim can call and report the matter for prompt action to be taken in line with the law to be amended.
In other to give bite to the Child Rights Law in the state, Governor Emmanuel said planed was concluded to send a bill to the State Assembly for the amendment of the Law for the protection of the girl child saying that issue of rape would no longer be taken lightly in the state.
Promising that the state government would continue to provide ‘quality education’ in the state, the governor urged the children to see education as the foundation and bedrock for their future, adding that they should shun all activities that could distract them from realising their full potentials in life.
The Governor who also read President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech, noted the programmes being implemented by his administration to promote education which he said included free education for primary and secondary schools, adding that some of the best schools are found in the state.
He also announced plan by government to introduce chaplaincy to teach children moral standards in primary and post-primary schools in the state. “This becomes necessary because attitude that children form at this early stage of life determine their attitudes in the future since the way you dress your bed so you lie on it,” Governor Emmanuel stated.
Earlier, the commissioner for women affairs and social welfare, Dr. Glory Edet advised parents and guardians to pay attention to the education of their children and wards adding that priority attention should be given to education and the protection of the girl child.
Highlights at the event include, goodwill messages by corporate organisations, match-past by school children, recitation of Dakkada Creed and cultural dances by children as well as presentation of awards and prizes to wining children and schools.
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By; Patrick Titus, Uyo.