National Orientation Agency, NOA Ebonyi state chapter with the support from the United nations children’s fund (UNICEF) Monday , trained 24 surveillance team to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) i in Onicha local government area of the state.
All the 12 communities that made up the local government had made denounced of FGM on Saturday March 13, 2021.
However, in order to ensure that the declaration become effective, NOA had to train surveillance team to monitor to activities in the communities.
The training was held at Okaleru hall, Ezza North local government area.
The program manager of the National Orientation Agency, Uchenna Unah, in a lecture on FGM noted that why women were chosen for the job was because the harmful practice has to do with women.
“Why we choose women for this is because it has to do with them, because women are the once that will carry their girl children for circumcision. We want the women to look downwards into the communities to make sure that no one would carryout this obnoxious practice, to stop anyone that does that by bringing the person to the book.
Mr Una further noted that “state government is seriously looking for someone to jail on FGM”.
Barrister Ijeoma Ajanwachukwu of the state ministry of justice also lectured the people on the Violence Against Person Prohibition law 2018 of the state government, and the child right law to equip them for the job ahead of them.
Members of the surveillance team were mainly leaders and secretaries of various women organizations in the twelve communities