Regional News of 2014-01-16

Abstain from pre-marital sex - Sunyani queenmother

The Queenmother of the Sunyani Traditional Area, Nana Nyamaa II, has advised the youth, especially adolescent girls, to abstain from premarital sex to avoid contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and unwanted pregnancies that could jeopardise their future.

She also called on parents to take good care of their adolescent children, especially the girls and provide them with their basic needs to prevent them from falling prey to some unscrupulous men who would take advantage of their vulnerability.

Nana Nyamaa gave the advice at a Christmas party organised by the Beauty in Virginity Club, a Sunyani-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) for some orphaned children and members of the club in Sunyani.

Nana Nyamaa’s Advice

The queenmother, in her address, also called on society to do more to assist less-privileged children to realise their full potential.

Nana Nyamaa commended the Beauty in Virginity Club for their efforts to encourage the youth to abstain from premarital sex and focus on their education, expressing the hope that the youth would reciprocate the efforts of the NGO. She further commended the NGO for the help it had been extending to orphans and vulnerable children in the society for the past years.

The Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Director of Health Service, Dr Emmanuel Tenkorang, for his part, advised the children not to engage in premarital sex which could lead to unwanted pregnancies and STDs because of peer pressure.

He encouraged the children to focus on their studies, be obedient to their parents and show respect to the elderly and their teachers so that they would grow into responsible citizens in the future.

CEO’s speech

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Beauty in Virginity Club, Mrs Theodora Owusu Asubonteng, in her welcome address said the NGO decided to organise the party, which was an annual event, to help put smiles on the faces of the orphans and vulnerable children in the society.

"We focused mainly on orphans and vulnerable children living among us such as those living with foster parents and others because we realised most groups visit the orphanage during Christmas but end up ignoring orphans who are not in orphanages", she said.

Mrs Asubonteng said the objective of the NGO was to promote moral values and discipline among the youth and also to advance the cause of the vulnerable persons in the society.

Evangelist Diana Adade, who chaired the function, expressed her appreciation and that of the children to the club for the gesture and appealed for support for the organisation to enable it achieved its objectives.