By Lucy Osuizigbo-Okechukwu, Awka.
The wife of Anambra State Governor, Mrs Nonye Soludo, has offered scholarship to a 13-year-old girl, who was allegedly impregnated by her 75-year-old guardian, Sunday Moghalu.
Soludo made this known on Monday while receiving the victim and her baby in company of the state Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Mrs Ify Obinabo, in Awka.
While handing over cash and nursing relief materials and baby’s essentials for the victim and her child’s upkeep, she promised to take full responsibility for the girl to ensure her life’s ambition was attained.
Soludo said: “The girl will be given all the supports she needs to raise her baby, attain standard education and become useful asset to her family and Anambra.
“We will always be in touch to ensure that her baby is well taken care of too.
“I commend the Ministry of Women and Social Welfare for being proactive on the matter.
“And we will continue to warn child abusers that the present administration will ensure that all offenders are punished.”
The governor’s wife also urged those undergoing any form of abuse to speak out, pledging that the state government was ever ready to respond promptly.
The girl, a Primary Five pupil, has been registered to continue her education when the next academic session begins in January.
The excited girl hugged and danced with the governor’s wife and her daughters.
Recall that the 75-year-old Moghalu committed the offence at Agu-Oye, Umudioka, Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra.
He was arrested on Dec.11 by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare, in collaboration with the police, following a tip-off.
He is currently standing trial before the Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Court in Awka, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him.