Good News : Ekiti community officially renounces practice of female genital mutilation (FGM)

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The people of Ilawe-Ekiti, Ekiti South West Local Government Area of Ekiti State, on Friday officially renounced the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Oba Adebanji Alabi, the Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, who can also be the Chairman, Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers, described the act as illegal and promised that the community would now not be concerned within the act.

Alabi spoke in Ilawe-Ekiti, throughout an occasion, organised by the state chapter of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), along side United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) on FGM elimination.

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“I need to declare today, on behalf of my people, that we are going to now not be concerned within the act of Female Genital Mutilation, as a result of it’s extremely despicable and illegal. Oba Alabi mentioned.

“Henceforth, it’s now a taboo for anybody to do it to our youngsters. I’m shocked that at this age people are nonetheless into this act that has despatched many of our youngsters to early grave; and even people who survived it, are left impotent.’’

The state Director of NOA, Mr Dayo Famosaya, regretted that the FGM was on the rise within the state, particularly in Ilawe community, describing it as an outdated act.

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He assured that the company would proceed to collaborate with all related stakeholders in a bid to place an finish to the menace within the state.

The UNICEF South West Consultant on FGM elimination, Mrs Aderonke Olutayo, disclosed that Ekiti State ranked third in FGM prevalence price within the nation.
Olutayo reiterated that the act was a violation of the basic rights of women and girls, and was compromising their well being and psycho-social well-being.

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She suggested the federal government to exhibit extra political will in ending the act, by making budgetary provisions that might improve advocacy.

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