Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI) team paid an advocacy visit to the chairman of Oshimili South L.G.A Hon (Comr) U. Osadebe. Also present at the meeting where the following members of the chairman’s council supervisor of special duties, Peter Onwuka; supervisor of health Queen Uria; supervisor for environment Frank Nnnanna; Senior admin officer attached to the office of the local government chairman Chinedu Sunday; P.R.O of the local government Samuel Okonta; Chukwuma Moses; personal assistant to the chairman and a state representative. The members of the GPI team in attendance are: Ehita-Ikoghode Aikpitanyi, co-ordinator of Girls’Power Initiative Asaba, Ifeyinwa Okonkwo, Program officer and accountant, Pat Akah, head of programs; Okeke Onyinyechukwu, centre meeting officer; Alex Okwor, M and E officer.
The members of the GPI team introduced themselves after which the P.R.O to the chairman introduced the members of the chairman’s council. The co-ordinator of Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI) Asaba Ehita-Ikoghode Aikpitanyi said that GPI is a non-governmental organization that works with girls on reproductive health and rights. According to Ehita, GPI has been in existence since 1993 and came to Delta in 2003 and since then have been working in local governments, state ministries and communities. She stated the mission and vision of the organization and said the organization is committed to empowering girls to be self-reliant and productive people not only with information but with skills relevant to them to help them become better adults that can break from chains of violence and oppression that is evident in our society.
The program officer Ifeyinwa Okonkwo said that the aim of the project is to eliminate sexual violence among women and girls and to implement the adolescent health policy in target communities. The adolescent health policy will ensure that adolescents have access to friendly health services in health centre within their communities. Girls’ Power Initiative is working to ensure that young girls live healthy lives free from violence and have access to adolescent friendly health services. GPI promotes the sexual and reproductive health and rights of these adolescents and equips them with information to be able to make choices that will better their lives and reduce cases of infection and reproductive health issues such as HIV and AIDS, unintended pregnancy and sexual violence GPI is working in target L.G.As to ensure the elimination of sexual violence and passage of community sanctions on sexual violence and as well put modalities in place to halt its occurrence. According to her, new cases of HIV and AIDS are reported on a daily basis and also cases of unintended pregnancy and rape. GPI is also targeting young girls in schools who will be exposed to comprehensive sexuality education to enable them be able to make informed choices and live healthy lives free from infections, abuse and violence.
The chairman appreciated the GPI team. He said that his council will provide needed support to the GPI team. The supervisor of health, Queen Uriah was also assigned to give all necessary support on health related matters to the GPI team. The chairman stressed the need for collaboration between all relevant stakeholders in order to tackle issues of violence in the L.G.A.
The event came to an end after a group photograph.