By Emmanual Elebeke
No fewer than 150 Nigerian girls last week benefitted from theÂ Procter and Gamble West Africaâ€™s (P&G)Â Always care Scholarship awards.
The Head-Corporate Communications of West Africa, Procter & Gamble, Patricia Obozuwa who spoke at the formal presentation of the scholarship awards in Lagos said the annual event was aimed at touching lives and ensuring that young Nigerian girls live and enjoy brighter future.
According to her, P&G work to make sure that its brands live up to their promise to make everyday life just a little bit better, particularly for the future generation.
He explained that theÂ programme which is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the company reaches 1 million girls every year. â€œWe also provide transport to 27,000 girls around Nigeria, who uses AlwaysCare sanitary padsâ€ she added.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary Lagos state Ministry of Health, Dr. Adetoun Agbe-DaviesÂ called on corporate bodies to join theÂ State in its programme aimed at educating the girl – child, particularly on healthy living.
Dr. Agbe-Davies represented by the Reproductive Health Coordinator in the Ministry, Dr. Taiwo Johnson emphasized the needÂ for young girls to maintain personal hygiene and live a decent life.
He described the award as a laudable initiative that would encourage the recipients who always use sanitary pad acquire adequate knowledge about their health and how to sustain it.
â€œEverybody will go through puberty. So, with the introduction of this sanitary pad by Always, while these children are in school, they will be protected and live the kind of life they want to live freely. There is a lot of impact in using sanitary pad. Being cleanÂ is part of the things the award winners are beingÂ taught. Some people use tissue and some rag. This is not good to their health but because pad is made under a sanitary condition, it is preferable.
Highlight of the programme was the presentation of N3,000,000 cheque to 150 girls drawn from different parts of the country, out of 250 winners of Always scholarship test.
The star prize of one week trip to Ghana for skill acquisition went to Miss Olabanji Oluwaseyi, a JSSI Student of Ondo State.