The Ebonyi State Government has donated N20 million to the Family Succour and Upliftment Foundation to support efforts to put to an end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the state.
The Governor, Dave Umahi made the donation during a policy dialogue in commemoration of the International Day of Zero Tolerance of FGM on Friday
He said the donation was part of the government contribution to assist in the fight against the practice.
The foundation is a pet project of the Wife of the state Governor, Mrs Rachael Umahi.
The event with the theme: “Ending Female Genital Mutilation is a Political Decision,” is celebrated every February 6.
The governor said that the practice had been an aged long culture that has no benefit but causes more harm to women and girls in the society.
He commended his wife for the initiative and the efforts so far in supporting the state government in the fight against the trend.
“FGM practice is a culture with no benefit. The Foundation is however a wonderful pet project.
“We have captured the bill and it will protect women and girls when passed into law by February 2018 because of its importance, but it has to be looked into properly,” Umahi said.
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