A community-based organization in Enugu State, Iyom Umuevu Njoku Eji Women has expressed concern over the level of poverty among rural women and girls.
Programme Officer of the organization, Mrs Ijeoma Nwatu, who spoke to journalists during one of its outreach programmes in Obinagu Akpugo, in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, said poverty had led several teenagers into an avoidable immoral lifestyle.
She said several young girls had been lured into premarital s*x with things as cheap as a plate of Indomie and a bottle of soft drink. She disclosed that the programme, which is a Women Voices and Leadership Project, with sponsorship from Global Affairs Canada, ActionAid Nigeria and in partnership with WACOL, was centred on fighting gender-based violence and eliminating poverty.
“We have had the first batch of the programme; it is a continuation of ongoing women voices and leadership projects in Nigeria, it was actually made to be a four-year programme.