16-year-old girl impregnated by vice principal wants to be a nurse
16-year-old Faith Galadima had her whole life ahead of her. She had lofty dreams about being a nurse. She wanted to live a better life than the one her parents lived. But today, that dream looks like a distant wish.
Right now, Faith Galadima is nursing a baby. Mohammed Mohammed, the Vice Principal of Government Secondary School, Tunga Niger State where Faith is a student impregnated her.
Even though life looks tough for Faith and her future bleak, she is determined not to let what happened to her dictate what her future would be.
Faith Galadima is living out her name with her resolve to rise above her shame. She told journalists that she is not happy that she is now a mother at her age but she won’t allow the incident that marred her shatter her dream of becoming a nurse.
Faith Galadima still wants to further her studies because she wants to be a nurse in the future. She was delivered of the baby at Injita village, Munya Local Government Area of Niger State.
The VP had allegedly slept with the pupil sometime in March this year, putting her in the family way.
Mohammed was arraigned in court on April 4, 2017 and is standing trial on two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a child, and impregnating a female pupil.
The accused was remanded in the prison custody for three months after he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The presiding magistrate, Fatima Auna, had granted the VP bail in the sum of N1m, which she said was in line with sections 35 and 36 of the 1999 constitution, and sections 341 and 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
Faith Galadima who narrated her ordeal to journalists recently said that she gave birth to the baby on October 28, after she was returned to her parents by her guardians in August.
The painful aspect of this whole sad story is that this man who put this teenager in a family way didn’t lift a finger to assist her after he knocked her up. Faith and her family didn’t receive any assistance from the Vice Principal.
The teenage mother advised young girls to be committed to their studies and report to the school authorities or their parents any form of abuse by individuals or group of persons.
Reacting to this sad incident, the Director General of the Niger State Child Rights Protection Agency, Mrs. Mairam Kolo, said the agency had approached the ministry of education to give part of the vice principal’s salary to Faith on a monthly basis for the baby’s upkeep.
Kolo said the agency would file an application before the court for a DNA test to be conducted on the baby to assist police investigation and the court.
She gave the assurance that the agency would get justice for the victim and see that she returned to school.
Checks revealed that Mohammed had been secretly transferred from GSS Tunga, Minna to an unknown school while the case against him was pending in the court.
The Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Education could not be reached for comment on the transfer of the accused to another school.