Acting chairman, National Population Commission, NPC, Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji says the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has initiated programmes and policies aimed at defying practices that negate the rights of women and the girl-child. 

Dr Oyetunji made this known in Ibadan at a press conference to commemorate this year’s World Population Day, with the theme “Putting the break to Covid 19: safeguarding the health and rights of women and girls now”. 

Dr Oyetunji who spoke through the Oyo State Director of the commission, Mrs Omolara Adeyinka said government is aware of the effect of Covid-19 on women and girls, and has approved economic stimulus package of 2.3 trillion naira for both the formal and informal sector, and has initiated an educational programme to reduce out-of-school children.

He said the effect of limited access to commodities occasioned by the pandemic is increasing the level of sexually transmitted diseases due to unprotected sex, unsafe abortion and unwanted pregnancies among women. 

The NPC boss explained that the commission will continue to collaborate with development partners and MDA’s to generate data meant to address cases of women’s health, nutrition and sexual harassment through survey and research.

Dr Oyetunji said arrangement had been concluded to begin digitization of vital events with procurement of computers for the seven hundred and seventy four local government areas of the country, expected to take off in the last quarter of this year.

Mosope Kehinde


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