Traditional rulers from the 28 autonomous communities of Ngor Okpala local government area of Imo State have unanimously agreed to make a public declaration against female genital mutilation.
This was part of the highlights of a meeting between the National Orientation Agency and Community Focal persons with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund at Umuhu Ngor Okpala local government.
The royal fathers said they have realized the negative implications of cutting the female genital and resolved to put an end to the age-long harmful cultural practice.
Women leaders, Presidents-Generals and youth leaders present at the meeting said their communities had imposed sanctions on anyone found to be aiding the practice.
The State Director National Orientation Agency, Mr Vitus Ekeocha expressed satisfaction with the level of awareness created on the need to abandon female genital mutilation in the area.
The UNICEF Consultant in charge of Imo and Ebonyi states Mr Ben Mbakwem said female genital mutilation was responsible for certain complications experienced by women during childbirth.
Ngor Okpala, Ikeduru, Ohaji Egbema and Orlu are areas with prevalence of female genital mutilation and cutting in Imo state.