Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has warned parents to desist from the obnoxious practice of Female Genital Mutilation, FGM, saying that defaulters would serve some years in prison as soon as the bill against the practice was passed into law by the state House of Assembly.
The governor stated this yesterday while speaking at the launch of the campaign against FGM initiated by his wife, Nkechi Okorocha, in collaboration with United Nations Fund for Population Agency, UNFPA, at the Imo International Convention Centre, Owerri.
Describing the culture of female circumcision as barbaric, the governor advocated the abolition of some traditional practices that out are of tune with present day realities, especially as they are not beneficial to the people.
Okorocha urged the state legislature to expedite action on the passage of the bill into law, to enable a permanent solution to the practice in the state.
In her speech earlier, Mrs Okorocha declared the resolve of Imo women to eradicate the unwholesome culture of female circumcision.
Mrs Okorocha called on other wives of state governors and all stakeholders to rise to the occasion and put a final stop to the age-long practice, insisting that its total eradication had become long overdue.
She averred that women in the state would not rest until the menace of FGM was eradicated completely, explaining that the continual practice of FGM, if not checked, would continue to cause deaths, emotional trauma and broken homes as a result of child bearing difficulties.
Also speaking, the country representative of UNFPA, Mrs Beatrice Muktar commended wife of the governor for her relentless fight against FGM, noting that the battle against the practice might not be an easy one.
She therefore appealed to traditional and religious institutions as well as women in the state to support the move by Mrs Okorocha, to ensure that female genital was left to remain the way nature made them.
Mrs Okorocha, who last weekend sensitised a cross-section of stakeholders on the dangers of FGM, also yesterday led a peaceful match with over 500 female students and women against the ugly practice around the state capital before commencement of the launch.

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