Ekiti Government vows to Prosecute Female Genital Mutilation Offenders.

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Banji-Filani

The Ekiti Government has warned perpetrators of Female Genital
Mutilation to desist from the harmful act or face the full wrath of
law.

Banji-Filani
The Commissioner for Health and Human Services in Ekiti state, Dr.
Oyebanji Filani gave the warning at a stakeholder’s forum of the
Dissemination of report of Female Genital Mutilation Prevalence in
Ekiti State presented by the HACEY Health Initiative in Ado- Ekiti.
Dr. Filani who emphasized the commitment of the present administration
in the state to ensuring good health and general well-being of the
citizens added that the Ministry will ensure that the health policies
of the State Government are faithfully implemented in line with the
pillars of this administration.
He stated that Female Genital Mutilation was one of the harmful health
practices that are endemic in Ekiti state with its attendant
implications on the wellbeing of women and girl children.
“I wish to appeal to every good people of Ekiti State to cooperate
with the State Government by stamping out this unwholesome practice
from the land. It’s very painful for me to note that some medical and
health personnel are alleged to be involved in perpetrating the
harmful practice”. The commissioner noted.
The Health helmsman noted that the practice has raised global concern
to health practitioners and stakeholders including the World Health
Organization and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).
Earlier in her opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of Health and Human Services, Dr. (Mrs.) Folakemi Olomojobi
disclosed that the state government has enacted law against Female
Genital Mutilation which criminalises the practice, saying that the
law was still in force.
Dr Olomojobi noted that the government is determined to stamp out the
practice in the state as it has been stressed over time that the
practice has no benefit to the victims and the society at large but
that was full of adverse consequences.
The Permanent Secretary, State Primary Health Care Development Agency,
Pharmacist Bisi Arogundade in his remark at the forum noted that
cultural belief of Africans accounted for high prevalence of Female
Genital Mutilation in the continent.
Pharmacist Arogundade argued that the belief that the FGM is
beneficial is not premised on any logic stressing its adverse effects
outweighs any benefit that anyone may ignorantly attribute to it.
In her presentation, the Chief Executive Officer of HACEY Health
Initiative, Ms. Rhoda Robinson noted that in their research, most of
Ekiti residents are not aware of the harmful effects of Female Genital
Mutilation.
Mrs. Robinson called on government and stakeholders to intensify
efforts at combating the menace because of its adverse effects on the
future of our women and girl children.
Present at the forum among others were the Permanent Secretary,
Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Williams Afolabi, representatives of
Ministry of Education, Justice, Women Affairs, Nigeria Police Force,
NSCDC, NOA CSOs and other stakeholders.

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