Judith Ogolime was in the first year of Secondary School in Asaba when ICWECD Children’s Parliament was established in 2008. She joined the children’s Parliament as a pioneer member and became the pioneer speaker of the parliament.
That we are no longer children does not mean that the battle is over. “It is now our duty to help build the young children of today.
I have respect for ICWECD. “And if I were to be a child again, I think I will return to ICWECD again for training
Judith Ogolime was in the first year of Secondary School in Asaba when ICWECD Children’s Parliament was established in 2008. She joined the children’s Parliament as a pioneer member and became the pioneer speaker of the parliament. The children’s parliament of ICWECD was founded to provide a platform where members can debate current affairs of the nation and make a contribution towards national development. The parliament also aims to inculcate good character among its members, develop their Social and Leadership skills as well as foster the personal development of each member. At the time the children’s parliament came into existence, the Delta State House of Assembly was considering the passage of the Child Rights Bill.
The domestication of the child rights Act, therefore, became the first major issue that confronted the nascent children’s Parliament of ICWECD. As the speaker of the Parliament, Ogolme was in the forefront of the various activities and interventions of the children’s Parliament to lobby and persuade the Delta State House of Assembly and the State Government to domesticate the Child Rights law. They staged drama, addressed the press, attended public hearings of the state legislature to make presentations and held public debates in furtherance of their cause. The impact of their efforts did not take long to come. In 2009 the Child Rights Act was signed into law in Delta State
On her experience in the Parliament, Ogolime stated “The Children’s Parliament of ICWECD was great. It was a very interesting and exciting experience. It was very helpful for my personal development. We learnt a lot in Parliament. I read books on girl child education and gender equality. In my capacity as speaker of the Parliament, I visited Orphanages and encouraged the children. It helped me later in life. When I lost my mother in 2013, there were some severe challenges and hard choices to make. But I got over it drawing courage from the experience in the Children’s parliament when I had to visit orphans to encourage them.
A lawyer and chartered accountant, Oglime is today the group accountant of Aspire microfinance bank Asaba. ‘I started with Aspire microfinance bank in 2013 as an operations officer.I am now the group accountant recalled Ogolime in a recent interview. Explaining further, she stated, “My success can be traced to the lessons got from ICWECD”. Back then in the children’s parliament, the virtues of humility and integrity were inculcated in us. We were taught to take responsibility”.
Taking a retrospective view of her work life so far Ogolime stated,”it was not easy starting a career as a young lady but because of the exposure and training at ICWECD I knew that being a lady and young was not a barrier or obstacle “The founder of ICWECD Barr. Bridget Anyafulu was there for me as a role model. And from what I saw of her I believed I could do it too” Ogolime reminisced.
The erstwhile speaker of ICWECD’S Children’s parliament further spoke of her commitment to the ideas and vision of ICWECD children’s parliament and her determination to give back by helping upcoming children. “That we are no longer children does not mean that the battle is over. “It is now our duty to help build the young children of today. We have a responsibility to continue to strive towards the fulfilment of our oath then at the parliament to work tirelessly for the actualization of the child rights law in Delta State and the nation. Stressing her gratitude to ICWECD and the beneficial impact the organization has had in her personal development Ogolime stated “I have respect for ICWECD. “And if I were to be a child again, I think I will return to ICWECD again for training” “My fervent prayer Ogolime continued is that the Good Lord will provide ICWECD funds that the organization needs to actualize its vision”.