In commemoration of the 2021 International Girl-Child day, leading consumer goods producer, Procter and Gamble (P&G) Nigeria, yesterday, called on relevant stakeholders to work towards eliminating barriers to menstrual hygiene to reduce absenteeism in schools.
The Senior Director for Africa, Global Government Relations & Public Policy P&G, Temitope Iluyemi, made this call at the launch of the second round of Always Keeping Girls in School (AKGIS) programme held in Abuja.
She said the programme is centered on the provision and distribution of Always Sanitary pads and providing puberty education to government/ public schools around the country.
Iluyemi said the programme is aimed at reducing absenteeism of girls in school as a result of poor menstrual hygiene.
She added that the programme will also focus on educating the girls about health issues, building their self-confidence, and teaching them how to budget and save.
Iluyemi added that: “As a company, P&G is a force for good in the communities we live, and work and we will continue to lead the charge in doing the right thing. Our goal is to use every opportunity and we must set change in motion.
Speaking also, the First Lady of Ogun State Bamidele Abiodun said government need to support manufactures to reduce the cost of sanitary pads to make it accessible to school girls.
She added that the provision of clean water in schools and creating an enabling environment for manufactures of sanitary pads should be top priority.