A Non-Governmental Organization, NGO, known as Development Initiative for Youths Excellence, Progress and Stability has appealed to the Federal and State Governments to provide free sanitary pads to female students in the country.
The founder of the NGO, Ms Courage Chigere, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of the fund raising event for the support of girl-child education, in Abuja.
Chigere opined the provision of sanitary pads will encourage girls to be in schools rather than staying away whenever they are experiencing their menstrual flow.
”The foundation wants to ensure that no girl is out of school. But, we cannot do it alone, so, we urge Non-Governmental Organizations to join us in this.
“We also urge the federal government to bring out policies and programmes that will prioritize girl-child education and make sanitary pads free for all girls in the country.
Chigere henceforth, added that the foundation regularly pays the school fees, and register the girls in JAMB, WAEC and other examinations in the adopted communities across the country to ensure the girls have a better future.
“The foundation tries to provide for all their needs so that they can take care of themselves and go back to school.
“So, we have over 1000 girls in our adopted communities in schools in Abuja, Lagos and other parts of the country.
“Menstrual cycle of the girl-child is not a disease neither is it a sickness. It is something natural.
“But society makes us feel it is not a natural phenomenon. We are being criticized and stigmatized in society, because we experience a menstrual period.
“This is not something we created by ourselves. God created us that way. Periods are natural and society should understand and accept us that way.