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VP’s wife, state governors’ wives harp on girl-child education

By Justina Auta

The vice president’s wife, Ms. Dolapo Osinbajo, and the wives of the governors of Kebbi and Ogun states on Tuesday stressed the need to improve access to quality education for girls.

They made the appeal during the launch of the “Always Keep Girls in School (AKGIS)” project and the International Day of the Girl (IDGC) commemoration in Abuja.

Osinbajo, while decrying the high number of out-of-school children, especially girls, in the country, called for more engagement to highlight issues affecting girls so that they can explore and achieve their goals. potential.

According to her, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and other harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) are some of the obstacles affecting the girl child.

While congratulating Proctor and Gamble (P7G) and the Talitha Cumi Foundation for distributing sanitary hygiene materials to girls, Osinbajo stressed the need to provide girls with the opportunity to make their dreams come true.

“The girl’s potential should not be stopped by anything. They must realize their potential because our joy of living depends on it.

“The potential of the girl, who will be a pilot or maybe an astronaut, who can be a doctor or maybe a surgeon, a teacher or a CEO or a doctor as we see it today or a first lady when she is educated, is a step closer to being what it is made to be, ”she said.

In addition, the wife of the Governor of Kebbi State, Dr Zainab Bagudu, called on the government to provide a business environment conducive to business development, which will encourage investors to engage in sanitary hygiene products. .

“There is a lot to do, we have native and non-native manufacturers of sanitary hygiene products who are having great difficulty operating in the current atmosphere of the country.

“The repatriation of earnings is very difficult, it is not something that is limited to this single industry. There is a tax on some of the components needed to make these products.

“The government has to sit down and look at this and find a way to provide an easy business environment to do that we’re here all the time,” she said.

While commending P&G and the Talitha Cumi Foundation for providing health products to vulnerable and marginalized girls in Ogun State, the wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Ms. Bamidele Abiodun, applied for a grant for taxation of health products.

“A lot of children cannot afford sanitary napkins and now things are even more difficult.

“So now you can imagine the impact of this on the lives of children, young girls. If we stock up on sanitary napkins regularly.

“We need the government to help manufacturers pass laws that will make it easier to manufacture and produce sanitary napkins to make them more accessible and affordable for young girls,” she said.

For her part, Ms Temitope Iluyemi, Senior Director, Global Government Relations, Africa, P&G, said the launch of the second round of the AKGIS project aims to eliminate gender biases, promote girls’ education and end the sexual and gender-based violence.

Iluyemi said the project is targeting 10,000 girls with a menstrual hygiene education program as well as a one-year supply of sanitary napkins still in rural and semi-urban areas of FCT State and South Africa. ‘Ogun.

Ms. Tayo Erinle, executive director of the Talitha Cumi Foundation, said the organization will work with school authorities to provide vulnerable girls with sanitary products and menstrual hygiene education.

“The idea is to reach the girls who can’t or can’t even afford sanitary napkins and there are many of them. So we work in schools that are underserved communities to meet these girls.

“Some of them are household helpers, orphans, heads of households – girls, who treat their periods in ordinary clothes,” she said. Erinle said the girls will receive adequate and appropriate knowledge on menstrual hygiene management, puberty training and myth elimination. and taboos associated with menstruation to allow them to stay in school during their cycles.

Source: NAN

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