Akwa Ibom First Lady, Dr. Martha Emmanuel has advised female students to be to be alert against s*xual predators in their respective schools.
Dr. Martha said this during her pet project FEYReP’s Campaign against Teenage Pregnancy teenage girls in secondary schools visit to Cornelia Connelly College, Afaha Oku, Uyo, where she encouraged them to study hard and be focused in life, as these were the prerequisite for a successful life.
The campaign tagged “Girls Uphold Your Dignity”, afforded the school girls the opportunity to hear first-hand from the governor’s wife who graduated from the institution about 33 years ago.
Dr. Emmanuel while interacting with the girls on the topic: “Consequences of premarital s*x”, admonished the students against indulging in s*xual escapades early in life.
She said abstinence remains the only option for them at this early stage in life, stating that “s*x was ordained by God for mature people in marriage.”
The First Lady, who cautioned the students against engaging in unruly behaviour that could be detrimental to their future, added that as young girls they were expected to subdue inordinate feelings whenever it arise.
“Don’t succumb to peer-pressure. Be self-conscious and have self-control over your feelings. The power to suppress it is within you,” she remarked.
Earlier, the principal of the college, Mrs. Grace Ekwere in her welcome address, thanked the governor’s wife for visiting her alma-mata, saying they were honoured to have her in their presence.
Mrs. Grace Ekwere applauded the interest of the First Lady in raising the girl-child in the right way and stated that her coming to the school will motivate the students to maintain a high moral standard.
Also speaking at the event was coordinator of FEYReP, Mrs. Ime Ephraim Inyang who while addressing the students, said the campaign is shifting the paradigm by advocating for complete abstinence from premarital s*x.