The wife of Ondo state governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu has advocated free distribution of sanitary pads to Nigerian girls for hygienic menstrual practice.
She is championing this cause using Kenyan government as a reference, for signing the bill on free distribution of sanitary towels to school girls into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2017.
Mrs. Akeredolu however expressed confidence that Nigerian governments at all levels can also do same, noting that Kenya has challenged Nigeria by passing the law.
She said: ” We can do this in Nigeria @MBuhari, state by state, @Nigeria Governors Forum. Kenya has challenged us. We no go gree!”
According to businessdailyafrica.com, Kenyan schoolgirls who have reached puberty will now receive free sanitary towels from the government through a new law aimed at minimising absenteeism and putting them at par with their male counterparts.
The Basic Education Amendment Act places the responsibility of providing free, sufficient and quality sanitary towels on the government in order to reduce the number of girls missing school during their menstrual cycle.
The bill was signed into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta also compels the government to provide a safe and environmentally sound mechanism for disposal of the sanitary towels.
“The Basic Education Amendment Act amends Basic Education Act, placing the responsibility of providing free, sufficient and quality sanitary towels to every girl child registered and enrolled in a public basic education institution and has reached puberty, on the government,” it states.
A 2016 Unesco report estimates that one in 10 girls in Sub-Saharan Africa is absent from school during their menstrual cycle.
In a report done by thecableng on how unhygienic menstrual practice caused serious infections for school girls in Nigeria, statistics shows that out of the 19 school girls interviewed in six states, including Abuja environs, 18 are using toilet paper and pieces of clothes to absorb menstrual flow.