By; Bala B. Bitrus, Minna.
With the raising cases of sexual abuses, rape and other dehumanizing acts particularly against the female gender across Niger State, a Minna based non governmental organization (NGO) with bias on sexual and reproductive rights, the International Centre for Sexual Reproductive Rights, INCRESE, has trained sixty four young persons on ways to avoid falling prey to assailants.
Executive Director of the INCRESE, Dorothy C. Aken’ova said parents must take early precautionary measures to educate their wards, particularly the girl child on sex education particularly on the dangers of unprotected sex and how to be on the watch out against assaults.
Speaking in an interview, Mrs. Aken’ova said parents must teach their young children how to avoid falling prey to people who would want to take undue advantage on them and assault them.She said it is the responsibility of every parents/guardian to guard their children/wards against pervertes and abusers. She said young persons must be educated and informed about their sexualities, their rights and be protected as they are growing up to become adults.
Aken’ova who spoke shortly after the graduation of the 64 trainees from her facility, said if children; males and females were educated early in their formative stages on how to avoid falling preys to people with primordial intentions, they would be sensitive enough to be on their guard against those who would want to sexually molest and abusing them.
Beside this, Mrs. Aken’ova argued further that such young persons will also be better equipped to make informed decisions about their sexualities.
The one year leadership training programme for the adolescents is part of efforts by the organization at enlightening boys and girls in their formative stages on how to protect themselves against potential predators and abusers of their sexualities.
The training programme named after a woman activist in Niger state, Hajara Usman Girls Leadership Programme, GLP, is aimed at equipping the beneficiaries with techniques on how to ward off rapists, pedophiles and sexual pervades and aggressors.
The trainess had earlier in the year enrolled for the one year programme and had gone through various knowledge and intelligence training, sexual reproductive health education and leadership training.
About 80 students aged between 11 and 19 drawn from the Islamiyya and secondary schools in Minna, the state capital had enrolled for the programme but only the 64 scaled through the various schemes and training modules.
The Centre, INCRESE, organizes annual training programme to empower young boys and girls mostly aged between eleven and nineteen with leadership skills, life competency, gender information on HIV/AIDs and sexual reproductive rights to empower them to be able to make informed decisions about their sexualities”.
The Executive Director of the INCRESE who lamented that some parents were ill-informed about the activities of the centre often condemn it and deny their wards from participating in it.
“Those who are not well informed about the activities of the centre, deny their wards the opportunity to participate in the training for fear that they could be kidnapped, brainwashed or wrongly indoctrinated” she said even as she disabused the minds of people with such mindsets and misconceptions.
She urged parents/guardians to allow their children/wards to participate in subsequent programmes for their self defence, education and empowerment.