The co-ordinator of Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI), Asaba, Ehita Ikoghode-Aikpitanyi has charged GPI girls to be an agent of change in the society.
Ehita make this assertion in Asaba during the 2017 graduation ceremony and 14th anniversary of Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI) Asaba which was held on the 22nd of October 2017.
Speaker further, Ehita said that GPI plays a leading role in transformation of patriarchal values in Nigeria that limit the girl from achieving her full potential.
On her part, the Centre Group Officer, Okeke Onyinyechukwu, said GPI Asaba graduated a total of Eighty four girls (84), twenty from her centre group and sixty-four (64) from the outreach schools.
The Head of Programmes (HOP), Pat Akah encouraged those who didn’t pass the screening exercise to continue to do their best as they will get yet another opportunity next year. Outreach programme is on-going in ten schools: ASAGBA MIXED Secondary, Dell International College, Demonstration High School, Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), Ibusa Girls Secondary School, Niger Mixed Secondary School, Okpanam High School and Osa-Dennis Mixed Secondary, West End Mixed Secondary School and Word of Faith College.
Okonkwo Mmesoma, speaking on behalf of the graduating girls, said that GPI has given so much to them. For three years they have had access to well trained facilitators to guide them and help them navigate through issues they face as young adolescents and make better choices; exposed them to series of skills training and personal empowerment training, and given them a safe space to learn and interact with peers and share experiences and grow. We will miss our friends and facilitators. It’s our desire that GPI continues to wax stronger and we will share all we have learnt with our peers and continue to represent GPI well wherever we find ourselves.
The event featured dance presentation, drama performance and farewell songs by GPI girls to the graduants. The graduating girls also gave their valedictory speech.
Two girls emerged as GPI girl of the year, Okolo Loveth from the school outreach programme and Okonkwo Mmesoma from the center meeting. Omatule Goodness emerged as the most assertive girl, the most regular award went to Okolo Loveth and Charity Ovie received an award for most volunteering.
GPI Delta State also celebrated her 14th anniversary and the event was fun filled. The co-ordinator of Girls Power Initiative (GPI) Asaba, Ehita Ikoghode-Aikpitanyi, said GPI Delta State commenced fully in 2003 and since then has graduated girls from her sexuality education programmes each year. The graduants are now GPI Delta State Alumni and GPI Delta State will continue to engage them in programmes that will enable them utilize all they have learnt. She encouraged them to play active roles in the GPI Delta State Alumni forum.