By G9ija

The Edo State Government has charged young people in the state , especially the girl- child , to stay away from drug – related habits and channel their efforts towards being the best in their various fields of endeavours .

A statement said the Commissioner for Social Development and Gender Issues, Mrs Maria Edekor , stated this while addressing female students at Imaguero Grammar School, Benin City , during an event to commemorate the International Day of the Girl – Child on Tuesday .

She said the Governor Godwin Obaseki- led administration was committed to improving the lives and protecting the future of every girl- child in Edo State .

Edekor said , “ The girl – child is the best gift from God to humanity ; we are not unaware of the issues confronting the girl- child , including rape , defilement , child marriage, child labour , discrimination , child trafficking and other forms of exploitation .

“ As the ministry saddled with the responsibility of taking care and protecting the girl – child in Edo State , we are here to celebrate you , our girls , and let you know how important you are to us .

“ We are not also unaware of how some girls take hard drugs ; this is a habit capable of destroying lives. Therefore , you must run away from it because it is difficult to rehabilitate any person that does drugs .”