Tega Omogor, the Project Control Coordinator at Back To Light Foundation, an NGO, has decried the rate of drug abuse among girls, warning that the practice will not only destroy their future and affect them mentally, but it will also expose them to violence and sexual abuse.
She made this known on Monday in Abuja during an educational empowerment program for girls in secondary schools organised by Women of Honour and Great Impact International Foundation, to mark the International Day of the Girl-Child.
Addressing a cross-section of teenage and adolescent girls, the Coordinator said drug abuse progressively kills brain cells leading to acute mental health disorders, addiction and self-sabotage.
Omogor said, “As teenagers, you feel like you are big enough because of the changes you notice happening to your bodies especially the girls. This is when you should be more cautious and listen to your parents and guardians but what parents will do for you at this age is to mentor and guide you.”
She added that the girl child is a “special species” endowed with the potentials and capacities to positively influence the society and must therefore be nurtured with care.
Nkechi Okechukwu, the founder of WOHGIIF and Convener of the sensitisation event themed ‘Digital generation, Our generation,’ in her address, said girls have the right to a safe, educated and healthy life, not only in their coming-of-age process but also as they mature into full-grown women.
Okechukwu said, “When properly empowered, girls can break limits and barriers imposed by stereotypes and exclusion. As entrepreneurs, innovators and initiators of global movements, girls are creating a world that is relevant for them and future generations.”
She said this year’s theme draws the attention of the global community to collectively raise a voice for girls by encouraging them to go into tech and become ICT Experts in their rights.