Gender centre distributes pads to school girls, lauds UniAbuja VC on leadership  

The Director of Centre for Gender Security Studies and Youth Advancement (CeGssyaD), University of Abuja, Dr. Gloria Shajobi Ibikunle, has applauded the Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, for promoting equal participation of gender equality and mainstreaming at all socio-economic and educational levels.

Dr Ibikunle, who described the VC as a team leader, said the revolutionary changes he has made both in infrastructure and administration are yielding positive results and elevating the lives of the University of Abuja community and other Nigerians.

She made this assertion while addressing students of ‘Iddo-Sarki Junior Secondary, FCT Abuja on menstrual hygiene and distribution of sanitary pads to the girl students on Tuesday.

While distributing the sanitary pads, the CeGssyaD director acknowledged the complementary synergy of her centre with the University of Abuja in the area of education and menstrual hygiene through the distribution of sanitary pads to 120 girls.

The director noted that the centre exists for the university, while the university exists for the society and advised the girls to strive hard in their studies while noting that being girl is not a disadvantage to them.

She encourage them from allow unwanted pregnancies from disrupting their studies, and making them to suffer as school drop outs.  

Guest speaker at the occasion, Ibrahim Khadijat Sani of the University of Abuja Medical Services, enumerated types of menstrual pain or cramps to include primary and secondary menstrual pains.

She advised the students on good personal hygiene by keeping their bodies clean, saying this will also help to protect them from getting infection.

The school principal, Hajiya Fatima Suleiman, who was visibly happy with the programme while making her vote of thanks, appreciated efforts made by the University of Abuja and CeGssyaD to educate students of JSS Iddo-Sarki on menstrual hygiene.