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Int’l Girl Child Day: NGO celebrates with female prisoners

In commemoration of 2020 International Day for the Girl Child, the International Charitable Initiative For Girl Child and Woman Development Foundation ( IC-GWODEF) has identified with female prison inmates as it visited Kirikiri Maximum Prison in Lagos to celebrate with them.

In line with the theme of this year’s celebration “One Voice, Our Equal Future”, the NGO, which comprises female lawyers, stated it has decided to celebrate with the inmates in order to raise their hopes and give them voice.

The President of the organization, Bar.(Mrs.) Helen lbeji said the visit became necessary as many girl children and women are becoming voiceless and helpless in the society, adding that the organization stands to bridge the gap by standing for them.

Ibeji stated further that their love and compassion for the girl child and woman has made them to come to the correctional centre so as to celebrate them and also offer free legal expertise to those who are in need of it.

Her words: “Our voice is our great future. I urge the girl child to always speak out whenever they are in great danger, any person who is trying to lure them into sin should be reported, they should not be afraid of speaking out.”

She therefore urged parents to always monitor the activities of their girl child, teach them the way of the Lord, do the needful so that they can become better future mothers.

Also speaking, Bar. (Mrs.) Ify Uzokwe, a member of the team, stressed the importance of the girl child in every society, stating that every girl child deserves a good and qualitative education, good upbringing and care.

Welcoming the body, the Deputy Controller in charge of female correction center, DCP Ekpendu Lizze thanked the organization for finding out time to celebrate with the inmates she calls her children.

Ekpendu described their coming as a big boost to the inmates, stressing that since her assumption in office she has ensured that the inmates who she sees as her children never lack anything as God has always given them wisdom to lead.

She said the controller general of prisons, Alhaji Ja’afaru Ahmed has improved the prison, adding that since the inception of Covid-19, the center has not recorded any victimas they have ensured that the environment is clean.

While appealing to parents to always love the girl child, she said mothers need to have time for their children, counsel and educate them on sex, saying they need absolute attention and above all should be rooted in the word of God.

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