The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Thursday said that the prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) has decreased in Imo, Ebonyi and Oyo States.
The Head of Office, UNFPA Sub-Office, Calabar, Mr Kenneth Ehouzou, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar.
Ehouzou said the considerable progress in the fight against female genital mutilation in women between the ages of 15 and 49 from 2011 to 2017 in the states they were working showed that the prevalence decreased from 34 to 22 per cent in Imo, 32.9 to 29.6 per cent in Oyo and from 6.4 to 5.2 per cent in Ebonyi.
“We have experienced considerable progress in the fight against female genital mutilation, there is a decrease in its prevalence in the states where we are working.
“We have to be very grateful to our champions like the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, governors, wives of governors and other high level personalities, who have openly declared their positions against female genital mutilation,” he said.