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Oyo first lady has called for total eradication of FGM.

9newshub.com.ng reports that Oyo State First Lady, Engr. (Mrs) Olufunke Tanminominini Makinde has called for total eradication of Female Genital Mutilation practice in the state.

Office of her Excellency in collaboration with stakeholders has reached out to the people through sensitization and awareness programme to ensure that the harmful practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is being ended in the State.

Mrs. Makinde speaking through the Commissioner for Special Duties, Alhaja Faosat Joke Sanni, during a programme to commemorate International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation with the theme “Accelerating Investment to End Female Genital Mutilation” held at the Presidential Lodge, Government House, Agodi, Ibadan.

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According to her, this year’s theme is in line with the Oyo State Government efforts to put an end to FGM through a series of sensitization and awareness programme since the three years of this administration by talking to people and stakeholders which includes Female Circumciser, Health Practitioners and Traditional Rulers about the dangers involved in this harmful practices against women.

Mrs. Makinde added that it’s necessary to put the eradication of FGM in the forefront by intensifying efforts in making sure that this harmful practice is well known by all and sundry across Oyo State.

She noted that the Investment of the State Government put in place to eradicate the FGM in the State since the inception of this administration is yielding positive results because the prevalence of FGM at kajola LG Area in Oyo State has gradually been reduced and more effort will be made to ensure that there is the total elimination of FGM.

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Mrs. Makinde, therefore, warned everyone to desist from such an act because there is a bill that prohibits violence against any person which included FGM, and any person caught in the act or violating the right of any person in Oyo State would be prosecuted under the existing law.

In her welcome address, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Alhaja Kafilat Olayiwola explained that the present administration under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde has frowned at this harmful practices of old culture which as a non-medical benefit to women, and that is why the Office of the First Lady calls for this programme to create awareness and sensitize girls and women as well as stakeholders on the need to end Female Genital Mutilation.

Mrs. Olayiwola stressed that since the three years of commencement of this programme, a lot of changes have occurred that reduce FGM prevalence in the State and there is still a need to do more for the total elimination of FGM in the State.

While chatting with the facilitator at the programme, Professor Oladosu Ojengbede said cutting of the Female Genitalia organ by Traditional Circumcisors is not good because God did not make the female genitalia the cut, it is not in any Holy Book that they circumcise the female and it’s a tradition that came out of lack of knowledge and information.

Though it is bad and it is unfortunate that, it started at the time when there was no knowledge about it but now there is knowledge about it, therefore we should not do it whether, by circumcizers, doctors, and professors, it ought not to be done unless for a medical reason.

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Professor Ojengbede noted that this harmful practice and tradition will hurt a female’s life because who will marry a woman that doesn’t have a female genitalia organ or opening, such woman can’t conceive and the menstrual flow will not be able to come out and when flowing of blood is too much it may lead to death and these are the major problem facing by the women that undergone FGM.

He therefore, urged the people not to hide under the traditional or cultural beliefs because every culture changes so also the practice of FGM.

While undergoing the cutting, we may contract any infections diseases such as HIV and AIDS, So no one should do it, not even medical practitioners or traditional circumcisors because none of them were trained to do such negative things.

Speaking with the Patron of Traditional Circumcisors in Nigeria, High Chief Abiola Ogundokun said FGM is seen as a bad practice which not only harmful but is necessary to bring to an end.

High Chief Ogundokun assured that there won’t be any rancour or issue with anyone because the world wants a stop to the practice of FGM and it is civilized to follow the world in doing something good as some people have done their research and as civilized people, we must trend slowly to ensure that what the world is saying is the best for all of us.

He however appealed to the State Government to come to their aid as Traditional Circumcisors and provide farming implement to them to serve as means of livelihood and distribute it to the Circumcisors.

Dignitaries present at the programme were, Commissioner for Special Duties, Alhaja Faosat Joke Sanni, Commissioner for Women Affairs & Social Inclusion, Alhaja Kafilat Omolabake Olayiwola, representative of Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ladipo Olabode, Permanent Secretary, Women Affairs & Social Inclusion, Mrs. Christianah Abioye, Wives of the Executive Chairmen across the State and among others.

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