Bolanle Lawal / Okemesi-Ekiti
Erelu Bisi Fayemi, wife of the governor of Ekiti state, has pledged to train young unemployed women in the state to make reusable sanitary napkins.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that it made the pledge during the inauguration of a program labeled “Keep girls in Pad Bank schools” on Thursday, in Okemesi-Ekiti in the government area Ekiti West area of the state.
The governor’s wife said the aim was to reduce the level of poverty and increase access to safe menstrual hygiene.
She urged those interested in producing reusable towels to make themselves available, noting that arrangements had been made with an organization that would train them.
Fayemi said the essence of the program is to keep mature girls in school during menstruation.
“Recipients should make judicious use of the tampons given to them.
The governor’s wife also said the Mental Health Bill was being developed to verify the activities of some people who sexually assault lunatics and women with intellectual disabilities.
“The bill will soon be submitted to the House of Assembly for legislative action.
“We have different cases of fertilized lunatics in the state, as their children have been taken to a motherless home, but we want that to stop,” she explained.
Ekiti West local government chairman Mr. Kareem Agunbiade urged parents to help the government provide sanitary napkins for their daughters, especially when the reusable napkins distributed run out.
State Governor Chief Press Secretary Yinka Oyebode in his remarks urged students to take full advantage of the state’s free education program.
“The policies and laws championed by the Governor’s Wife’s Office to protect women and girls in the state, including the free reusable menstrual pads that are distributed.
He also called on the students to give adequate attention to their studies in order to realize their dreams of becoming great citizens and a source of pride for their parents and the country.
Okemesi Ekiti’s Owa Oye, Oba Gbadebo Adedeji, praised the initiative in view of the pain felt by schoolgirls during the menstrual period.
NAN reports that the students were from the Okemesi / Ido-Ile constituency in the Ekiti West local government area. (