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Oyo vows to curb female genital mutilation, others

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Oyo State government, yesterday, said it would go tough against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to save the future of the girl-child.

The state’s Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo and his health counterpart, Dr. Bashir Bello, stated this during the #EndFGM Alliance Bootcamp and StopCut project of HACEY Health Initiative at Oyo Town, Oyo State.

Bello, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr. Ayoola Adebisi, said: “There is a law on violence against women, which is being championed by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion. We are about to start implementation. We are going to be tough against perpetrators of FGM.

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“The act must be stopped. It is evil to continue with FGM. We should make all efforts to stop it. We must consider the health effects of the practice.”

Also, Oyewo, who was represented by the Co-ordinator, Oyo State Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Response Team, Dupe Awosemusi, said FGM must stop because it caused a lot of damage to the girl and her marriage in the future.

The senior advocate said the state government would go tough against the practice, urging residents of the state to report perpetrators of the act.

He said: “The laws are there. Violence Against Persons 2020, Child Sexual Offences Law 2020 and others. Law enforcement agents cannot be everywhere. What is reported is what will be worked on. The implementation is for everyone.”

“Oyo State is not soft on perpetrators. It is to provide the legal framework. It is the duty of all to bring the perpetrators to book. All stakeholders, including the society, the media, traditional leaders, religious leaders and others must be involved. If cases of FGM and other sexual violence are reported, we will be tough against the acts.”

Executive Director of HACEY Health Initiative, Rhoda Robinson, said the essence of the propramme was to build community focal persons who would report and assist in the implementation of policies and laws on FGM.

Oyo State Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mrs. Folake Ayoola, said: “FGM is barbaric and bad. It does no good, hence, it must be stopped.”

The state’s Police Commissioner, Ngozi Onadeko, who was represented by Dr. Kunle Kazeem, said: “FGM is an abominable act that must be stopped by all.”

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