OSUN State Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, on Monday lamented increasing cases of incest, especially as it affects the girl-child and called on stakeholders to ensure her protection and development.

Egbemode in her goodwill message at an event commemorating the International Day of the girl child with the theme, ‘Digital generation, our generation’, organised by the Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All, in Osogbo, also identified female genital mutilation as one of the practices affecting the proper growth of the girl-child.

Represented by Bukola Aderibigbe, the Coordinating Director in the Ministry, Egbemode charged female children not to be afraid to speak out whenever they faced situations that might affect their growth.

She said, “Female genital mutilation is another fundamental problem affecting female child, because apart from the psychological effects, the health effect of FGM is massive.

“Recently, I listened to story of a female child saying her father abused her from infanthood to adulthood, to the extent of having a child for him. The situation is worrisome. It is a world against a female child, but we have to brace up and face it.”

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