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ANAMBRA State Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, has tasked parents to provide quality education for their children so that they can become financially independent.

He made the call during the International Girl-Child Day celebration at the Government House, Awka.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Okeke urged parents to give their children the deserved education to enable them beat the global world. “Do not make them handicapped by marrying them off early, we must abhor early child marriage. As stakeholders and parents, we must prevent it from happening,” he said.

The deputy governor, who commended the golden girls for making the state and entire nation proud, charged parents and guardians to make effort in training their girls to do the needful. “Every child is born with a peculiar talent and they should be given the opportunity to showcase what they can do. Be a champion at whatever you do and work hard to make something out for yourself” he advised.

Earlier in an opening remark, Director, Regina Pacis Model Secondary School, Onitsha, Rev. Fr. Paschal Okonkwo, who appreciated the state government for celebrating the 2018 girl child day in a unique way, said that girls were important in the society and should be nourished, protected and educated. “Without girls, there cannot be generations upon generations. Girls are to be treasured and not sidelined”.

One of the golden girls speaking about their success, stated that Technovation is all about technology and innovation, and all students need is to search around and find problems that have been causing damages to their society, and bring out ideas on how to create a mobile app to stop the problem.

“We, the golden girls were able to create a mobile app that detects fake drugs called FD detector, this is because we noticed that fake drugs has been a rampart problem in the society, and that is what made us to choose this problem and put an end to it technologically” she informed.

She also said that the greater part of the work begins now, because they have to start building the app, and would like to create a centre where they would gather many girls and impart the same knowledge to them. “We want to make this society and the world a global place for technovation and technology, this is because technology applies to every area of the world. Together we will change the world through Technovation” golden girls assured.

Presentation of the Girl-Child Ambassadorship to the five Anambra Golden Girls formed the high point of the event. They were given a touch to represent the light of the nation, to shine as light to other children and teach them the right way to live their lives.

Catholic Bishop of Awka, Paulinus Ezeokafor, school teachers and students, among other stakeholders, graced the occasion.

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