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Ekiti moves to stop female genital mutilation, empowers practitioners

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Practitioners of Female Genital Mutilation in Ekiti State were yesterday asked to surrender their instruments to the wife of the governor, Bisi Fayemi, with a vow not to return to the practice considered as dangerous to the lives of women.

The repentant female genital mutilation practitioners also signed a pact with the state government not to return to the practice.Mrs. Fayemi, who praised the converts for renouncing the obsolete practice at both Ikole-Ekiti and Omuo-Ekiti while flagging off women empowerment and advocacy programme across the 16 local councils of the state, presented them with cash gifts for them to establish legitimate businesses as means of livelihood.

She said: “If you continue to refrain from the practice, the state government will give you more empowerment. The practice is obsolete and I want you to drop it.”

The governor’s wife promised that the government would not surrender the war being waged against rape, female genital mutilation, child slavery and open defecation that have constituted national shame to the state.She said it was shameful for Ekiti to be leading in female genital mutilation and open defecation in the country.

Meanwhile, Governor Fayemi has approved the appointment of Prof. Victor Olufemi Adeoluwa as the Provost, College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti.A statement in Ado-Ekiti yesterday by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Yinka Oyebode, said Adeoluwa, a professor of Education, was Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development), Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti.The appointment takes immediate effect.He is to replace the Acting Provost of the institution, Dr. Victor Kehinde.

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