ADO-EKITI – The wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi ,has disclosed that the current administration in the state is prepared to give all necessary instruments for the full implementation of Female Genital Mutilation Laws .
The governor’s wife hinted this during a programme organised by the National Orientation Agency and supported by the United Nations Children Endowment Fund(UNICEF).
The event held at Orin Ekiti, Ido/Osi Local government area of the state featured a public declaration against FGM in the area.
The highpoint of the occasion was the signing of a pact with the town through the Regent of Orin Ekiti, Mrs Theresa Dada by the partnering agencies.
This according to the organisers signaled the town’s commitment to prohibit the practice in the community
In her remark, Mrs Fayemi urged parents to do away with the crude practice of female genital mutilation in the state, describing the practice as harmful and sinful to womenfolk.
According there was need to save female children from the pains being experienced after their genital had been mutilated, saying the practice had cost the deaths of millions of African children.
Speaking at the event, the UNICEF Consultant for Oyo, Ekiti and Osun States, Mrs Aderonke Olutayo, said Ekiti was ranked third in the country in the menace of FGM, saying concerted efforts must be made to end the practice in the interest of the female children.
She said the practice had caused a lot of havoc to female childrenmdue the incidences of blood loss and convulsion always suffered by victims.
Olutayo added that with the pact with the community, UNICEF will set up community Champions and Surveillance Committee in the town to monitor compliance and report to the international agency.
The UNICEF boss said: “The practice had been found to be causing deaths of female children apart from infringing on their rights.. It is wrong to take away rights of female children just because this mutilation was being done when they have no capacity to fight for themselves.
“Our target in UNICEF is to ensure that we must stop the practice
going to leave you to this publ8ic declaration, we are going to monitor situations here and ensure that you comply”, she stated.
Mrs Fayemi said Ekiti government had a subsisting law prohibiting the act , warning that whoever caught engaging in it will be dealt with in accordance to the law of the land.