TOP SECURITY OFFICERS TRAIN ON UPHOLDING LEGISLATION ON FGMC
As part of the efforts of all the stakeholders to ensure that the available laws are enforced on the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in South West Nigeria, the Centre for Women’s Health and Information (CEWHIN), a non-governmental organisation based in Lagos, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) organised two-day training workshop for top management level officers of the Nigeria Police Force and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps from Osun State, Oyo State and Ekiti State.
It could be recalled that in the month of October, 2017, Centre for Women’s Health and Information (CEWIN), in collaboration with Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC), with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organised a two-day training workshop on the same subject matter. Officers and men of Nigeria Police Force and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were drawn from different Local Government areas in the affected States. The focus of the training workshop is to equip security agencies with knowledge and skills for the implementation and enforcement of State laws against FGM/C.
As follow up to this workshop, a similar workshop was held for top management level officers of the Nigeria Police Force and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. The main focus of this workshop is to carry along the top senior officers in the process of full implementation of the relevant laws in the affected States and to ensure effectiveness in enforcing the available laws. In attendance are State Commissioners of
Police, State Commandants of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and other senior officers of the organisations.
By recent records, Osun is ranked the highest in South West Nigeria with a 76.3 per cent prevalence rate followed by Ekiti state with 71.2 per cent, then Oyo state with 69.7 per cent, Ebonyi with 55.6 per cent followed closely by Imo state with 48.8 per cent and Lagos state with 44.8 per cent.
It is hopeful that the training workshop will bring about desired result as regards full enforcement of laws on the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Nigeria especially in the prevalence States.
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