Araoyinbo noted that Nigeria still needed about 564 million condoms to meet its annual needs, adding that the current rate of free condoms distribution in Nigeria was at 20 percent and that it was on steady decline.
He said it was imperative to deliver an efficient, all-inclusive and comprehensive condom programme, if Nigeria was to achieve the family planning post-2020 commitments to increase the use of modern contraceptives and reduce the burden of the HIV.
To this effect, Araoyinbo said that UNFPA was interested in setting up a state level comprehensive condom programme, where key stakeholders in Cross River would be invited to be part of the initiative.
“We will also invite some key non-governmental organisations (NGOs) across the entire population spectrum that work with young people, female sex workers and others.
“If the result comes out and it is favorable, we are hoping to expand this to other states.
“We have some young people who work as ward coordinators; they will be the whistle blowers, who will help us to ensure remote monitoring.
“We create awareness, for instance, through town hall meetings.
“People are aware that condoms are coming into their community and it will be assessed at particular points; if there are challenges with people accessing the condom, the people will raise the alarm.
“These young people will serve as the feedback mechanism that will enable us articulate any stop-gap issue,” he said. (NAN)