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Fayemi’s wife urges political will to end sexual offences

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Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, has implored government at all levels to demonstrate political will at ending sexual violence in the country. She stated this yesterday in Abuja during the Federal Government’s launch of the sexual offender register, a database that will contain the names of all those prosecuted for sexual violence since 2015.

The event was part of activities marking the 16 days of activism to end gender-based violence. The Ekiti State First Lady, who acted as moderator for the panel session at the event, said that the greatest challenge facing the fight against sexual violence was lack of political will among the leaders. She, therefore, urged the federal and state governments to demonstrate enough political will in order to win the war against sexual violence in the country.

“We have a pandemic in our hands that is ravaging our cities and villages. No woman is safe. We need to see this issue as a very serious one. The political will should start from the leadership,” she said. She praised the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Wale Fapohunda, for his commitment to fight against sexual violence and working with the governor in protecting the rights of women and children in the state.

According to her, Fapohunda’s commitment made Ekiti State the first state to open sexual offenders register in the country.Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, said that the opening of the register would serve as deterrent to men who find pleasure in assaulting women and young girls.She commended the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the agency managing the database, the European Union (EU), British Council and other financial partners, for ensuring that the sexual offenders register was put in place.

Also, the Head of European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ambassador Ketil Karlsen and a Nobel Peace Laureate, Laymah Roberta Gbowee, said rape was a global phenomenon and not peculiar to Nigeria.

The duo commended the Nigerian government for her efforts at ensuring that rapists have no hiding place in the country.Meanwhile, Mrs. Fayemi has urged parents and guardians to safeguard their children and wards against violence and molestation.She stated this at a welcome programme for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President, Tijjani Muhammad-Band in Abuja.

The governor’s wife, who lamented the growing cases of sexual harassment of the girl-child, urged government and stakeholders to enact laws and policies that would help to curb the ugly trend.She, however, suggested that perpetrators of the bestial crime needed to be examined in psychiatric homes to ascertain their mental status.A candle light procession was held in honour of victims of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) as part of the event.

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