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Akabuike urges against cultism, substance abuse



COMMISSINER Joe Akabuike of the Anambra Health Ministry has said that the government will continue to urge adolescent girls and boys to desist from cultism, alcoholism and drug abuse.

Dr. Akabuike made this known during a press briefing in his office to mark this year’s Day of the Girl Child.
He said that while the adolescent girl must be encouraged to reach her full potentials in the society, she must also be made aware of the dangers of abortion and other vices that would mutate against her growth.

The commissioner also said that 19th of December, 2011 was a day the United Nations General Assembly voted and passed a resolution adopting October 11th as International Day of the Girl Child which was launched in 2012.

Dr. Akabuike enumerated the significance of the celebration to include raising awareness of issues facing girls internationally in the areas of educating against child marriage and medical rights.

The day, according to the commissioner, equally offers opportunity to advocate for meaningful participation of girls in decisions that affect them and to break the cycle of discrimination and violence against women, boys, as well as men and wider community.

He said that the celebration is geared towards the generation of girls preparing to enter a world which is being transformed by innovation and automation but they face adversity to getting the educational training needed to enter into that workforce.

“Girls between 5 and 14 spend more time and hours on house work and chores than boys do, so, it’s quite important for us to focus on how we can prepare those girls for the workplace, the commissioner stated.

He further highlighted the importance of the day when he said that when you train a boy you a human being, but when you train a girl, you train a nation.

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