Mrs Ortom drums support for girl-child education

By Lucy Ackanyon

The need for all stakeholders to support the education of girl children to brighten their chance for better future has been re-echoed.

Wife of the governor of Benue State, Dr Eunice Ortom stressed this in a speech Tuesday at Community Secondary School, Apir during an event to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child, organised by her foundation, the Eunice Spring of Life Foundation (ESLF).

Dr Ortom stated that the focus of this year’s celebration of the day encapsulated in its theme: ‘Our Time is now, Our Right, Our Future,’ draws attention of the world to the the urgent need to give girls access to education and allow them exercise their rights to self actualization.

The first lady expressed joy over the rise in consciousness on the imperative of girl-child development in Benue State and the number of Benue women who are taking up positions of responsibility in the society

She appealed for greater male involvement in the campaign to break cultural barriers and others challenges impeding girl-child development.

Earlier, Programme Manager of ESLF, Tine Agernor challenged girls to develop self worth and believe in their capability to excel in the same ventures as men.

Speaking on the theme: ‘The Girl Child in Leadership,’ Student Union President at the Benue State University, Makurdi, Agatha Aker encouraged girls to develop the right mindset toward actualising their life goals

The event also witnessed capacity building on the proper  menstrual hygiene management for girls, by ESLF staff.

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