By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU—About 20 million girls and women have been victims of Female Genital Mutilation, FGM, in Nigeria out of 200 million women and girls that have been cut worldwide, making it the highest in any single country.
This was revealed by health, religious and media development experts, who also solicited the cooperation of media practitioners in the campaign to end Female Genital mutilation, FGM, in the country.
The experts spoke in Enugu during a one-week workshop to sensitise electronics media practitioners on the gravity of FGM as a social and health challenge.
The workshop, organised by Global Media Campaign to End FGM, Onelife Initiative for Human Development and Human Dignity Foundation, was designed to train radio journalists on how to reach listeners in the rural and urban communities on the need to abandon FGM.
The experts include Dr. Christopher Ugboko from the Federal Ministry of Health, Gashe Division, Abuja; Reverend Chinedu Nwoye, Senior Special Adviser to the Enugu State Governor; Sola Fagorusi, Programmes and Media Manager of Onelife Initiative for Human Development.
Others were Dr. Wilberforce Oti, activist, clergy and lecturer at the Ebonyi State University; Professor Sunday Adeoye of the National Obstetric Fistula Centre, NOFIC, Ebonyi and Stephen Kwetey, multiple award-winning radio journalist from Joy FM, Ghana.
They urged radio journalists in Nigeria to be vanguard of the campaign against FMG.