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Lack of Schools Toilets Disturb girls’ Education – NGO

The Wheels of Hope Rising Foundation, an NGO, has said that the absence of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities in schools was a major challenge to girls’ education in Nigeria.

The NGO said that this is because the lack of such facilities posed a great challenge for girls and was a risk factor especially when they are menstruating.

Mr Adigun Temitope, the President of the foundation in a statement said it was discovered that most schools did not have any in place to support girls in ensuring menstrual hygiene during school hours, especially in the rural areas.

According to him, this makes a lot of girls in rural schools absent themselves from school during their monthly period.

He said it was discovered that traditional materials and inappropriate disposal of pads were common in the school and menstruating girls also experienced many restrictions, especially from religious activities.

Temitope said that the organisation had recently distributed sanitary pads to 532 students of Odewale Community High School, Ifo, Ogun State, after providing the beneficiaries with menstrual education.

He said that the project was organised in partnership with Always Nigeria’s #APadAGirl2025 Initative and Procter and Gamble Nigeria.

Temitope said that during the event, there was a health talk by medical experts on puberty, menstrual cycle and menstrual care.

“They were told that menstrual hygiene should always be discussed with high priority among girls and young women to guide them in menstrual care.

“Parents were encouraged to extend the new knowledge they had acquired to helping their daughters when faced with menstrual challenges so they see it as normal and natural occurrence,’’ he said.

The health experts said that boys and parents should also be involved in debunking myths and reduce the stigma associated with menstruation.

Temitope said that more needed to be done by stakeholders collectively in strengthening menstruation hygiene initiatives and programmes in rural areas and schools.

“Education on awareness, access to hygienic sanitary pads and deposal of pads need to be addressed accordingly.

“Schools WASH environment should be improved, which includes separate toilets for girls, water and cleansing materials and safe disposal of soiled materials.’’

Temitope said that the aim of the project was to sensitise girls between ages of 11 and 16 and young women between ages of 18 and 24, on the importance of using sanitary pads as against other unhealthy options.

“The event witnessed a mass turnout of students alongside teachers and some parents to understand the impact of menstruation education in promoting menstrual hygiene and care among girls.

“It is also to clear the taboos around menstruation for girls and young women.

“Our foundation recognises that menstrual hygiene is fundamental to the dignity and wellbeing of women, girls, and an important part of the basic hygiene, sanitation and reproductive health services to which every woman and girl has a right.’’

The foundation is a rural-based NGO which focuses on unlocking sustainability development through education for all initiative and facilitating quality healthcare support.

It has been in existence since 2008 and the main objective is to give hope to the less privileged including persons with disabilities.

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Governor Kashim Shettima accuses UNICEF, 126 NGO’s of failing to provide services to IDPs

– Governor Kashim Shettima accuses UNICEF and 126 other NGO’s of failing to justify the funds they claim to be expending on persons displaced by Boko Haram insurgency

– Shettima says most of the NGOs are using funds released to them for servicing only their overheads and personnel costs

– The governor says of the 126 NGOs that have mobilised to the state, only about eight are actually providing humanitarian services to the displaced persons

Boko Haram: Borno governor 'sacks' UNICEF, 126 other NGOs

Governor Kashim Shettima has said only about eight NGOs were actually providing humanitarian services to the displaced persons in Borno state.

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state has told all United Nations agencies, including UNICEF, and 126 other nongovernmental organisations to leave the state for allegedly failing to provide service to victims of Boko Haram.

Governor Shettima accused the NGO’s of failing to justify the funds they claim to be expending on persons displaced by Boko Haram insurgency.

The governor said most of the NGOs were using funds released to them for servicing only their overheads and personnel costs, Premium Times reports.

“We have the list of all NGOs operating in this state; apart from the officially functioning NGOs,”

“Some of the United Nations agencies are doing their best in their own way of doing things; but to me I am not satisfied.”

He accused the UN agencies of being in the habit of using large portion of the money meant for providing for IDPs to fund their logistic needs.

He said the UN system would announce millions of dollars as intervention for victims of Boko Haram, but more than half of what was released would end up being used for recurrent spending of the humanitarian agencies.

“The huge chunk of what they are budgeting for Borno goes to service their overheads. I, as a governor don’t ride in bullet proof cars; but they spend more than $50, 000 buying bullet proof cars for themselves.

“They will construct five toilets in Gwoza and fly in helicopters more than seven times to inspect the toilets,” he said.

Mr. Shettima said he was fed-up hearing the UN’s rhetoric and had decided to take tackle his problems on his own.

He noted that of the 126 NGOs that have mobilised to the state, only about eight were actually providing humanitarian services to the displaced persons.

“The World Food Programme is doing a very good job,” he said.

“The ICRC is doing a very good job. We also appreciate the efforts of the Norwegian Refugee Council and the Danish Refugee council. The International Organisation for Migration is doing a good job. The UNHCR is also doing a good job.

“Apart from these eight NGOs, the rest of them are merely existing. I have a list of 126 NGOs in Borno state.

“But we hardly know what the UN agencies are doing. We only see them in some white flashy bullet proof jeeps; apart from that, we hardly see their visible impacts. But particularly the UNICEF, considering the huge quantum of funds at their disposal, they are not really trying.”

In another development, the Department of State Services (DSS) says it has recorded major successes against criminal gangs, kidnap syndicates and terrorist elements across the country.

The agency says the successes have further degraded the capability of these elements to operate in the county.

A statement issued by Tony Opuiyo on behalf of the agency, made available to Naij.com, noted that on 1st January, 2017, at Mutum Biyu in Gassol LGA, Taraba State, suspects identified as Bale Kolomi Grema and Kolomi Adba-Aji were arrested in a mosque after they had fled Marte, Borno State, where they were involved in Boko Haram terrorist activities.