A first time youthful MP has put the state on the spot on why sanitary pads are not tax exempted.
Nominated MP Umulkheir Harun on Wednesday at the floor of the House wondered why other products are exempted from taxation , and yet the important hygiene items are still taxed, making them unaffordable for most school-going girls.
In a Parliamentary question addressed to the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Ezekiel Mochogu, the 26 year old Ms Harun sought to know the measures that the government has put in place to ensure that sanitary pads are tax exempt.
The legislator inquired about the government's efforts to ensure that school-going girls, particularly those in rural areas and informal settlements, have equal and timely access to sanitary pads.
“We need to be told what plans has the Ministry put in place to ensure efficient and sustainable ways of addressing the challenges experienced by young girls as a result of menstrual cycles?” she posed.
Ms Harun's request for information comes barely a week after Nominated Senator Gloria Orwoba was ejected from the Senate , after she showed up at the chamber in dressed in white trouser with blood stains.
Ms Orwoba was kicked out of the chamber by Speaker Amason Kingi, even after she indicated that she was on her monthly period. Her colleagues however claimed that she was staging a menstrual activism campaign.
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