More than 300 hundred girls drawn from different schools in Obot Akara LGA smiled home with a menstrual hygiene kits containing sanitary pads, shaving stick, roll-on, toilet soap and a flyer containing most things the girls need to know about menstrual hygiene.
The items were donated to the school girls on Friday by the Leader Obot Akara Legislative Council, Hon. Mary Moses Akpana in partnership with Solitary Care And Aid Foundation to celebrate this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day which is celebrated every 28th May.
Declaring the event open at Community Comprehensive Secondary School, Ubon Akwa, Obot Akara LGA, Hon. Mary Akpana expressed satisfaction in celebrating girls of menstrual age, adding that she is passionate to encourage every girl to stay healthy and happy during menstrual flow.
Hon. Akpana encouraged the beneficiaries to utilize the rare privilege given to them judiciously and to practice all advise given to them on menstrual hygiene for their healthy living.
She also donated a past questions and answers work book titled ‘Examination Magic’ to all JSS3 Students of Community Comprehensive Secondary School, Ubon Akwa, Obot Akara LGA to prepare for the forthcoming Junior School Certificate Examination.
She thanked Solitary Care And Aid Foundation for the partnership and appreciated her colleagues for coming out to support the programme.
Also speaking, the Director Solitary Care And Aid Foundation, Mr David Awai said they are up and out to touch lives as a matter of charity.
He pointed out that as a foundation, “this is the first project they have embarked upon and it’s tagged “PAD 1Million Project”. He pointed that their main concern is to make sure every girl has access to sanitary pads and also intend to reach out to 1500 girls in every Local Government of the federation.
He promised the school girls, that the Foundation will continue to supply them with sanitary pads till they are through with their secondary education.
Awai admonished that the main aim of the organization is to ensure that every girl has access to free sanitary pads just like condom.
Others who spoke at the event appreciated the leadership of Hon. Mary Akpana for her choosing to celebrate World Menstrual Hygiene Day with Secondary School Girls. They admonished the leader to take the event round the eleven Ward in Obot Akara Local Government Area as it will help young girls to improve on menstrual hygiene.
Notable at the event were, the Leader, Abak Legislative Council, Hon. (Queen) Sandra Bassey, Councillor representing Nto Edino Ward 4, Hon. Ndiana Denis Etokakpan and his Ward 1 counterpart, Hon. Charity Friday Sampson, Ward Chairman Ikot Abia Ward 3, Mr. Abel Nelson, Women Leader Ikot Abia Ward 3, Mrs. Magdalene Akpana, Miss Obot Akara Queen Stella Umoh among others.