FG to establish mobile courts to tackle female genital mutilation
The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has concluded plans to set up mobile courts to try suspected perpetrators of female genital mutilation (FGM), rape, child trafficking and similar vices.
Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, disclosed this, yesterday, during a visit to the Anambra Secretariat of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Awka.
She said the move, aimed at combating rising cases of women-related inhuman offences, has received the approval of President Bola Tinubu. Kennedy-Ohanenye said her office is putting machineries in motion for state governments to perfect legal instruments for the smooth implementation of the new initiative.
The Minister said her ministry is also working in collaboration with international donor agencies, such as the World Bank, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), to expose them to viable economic opportunities.
According to her, the initiative would expose women to local and international economic activities with the aim of empowering them to be self-reliant.
She urged women groups to form cooperative societies to enable them to explore the planned opportunities. She said as the representative of Anambra at the Federal Executive Council, she would ensure they get their due share of the national cake under the present administration.
“All I want to advise is for various women groups in Nigeria to form cooperative societies because it is through such platforms that they can benefit from the programmes and policies of the present administration.
“I also encourage the people of Anambra, especially members of the APC, to form cooperative societies because that is a better way to teach you how to fish rather than give you fish,” she said .
According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), many APC members, including Chief Azuka Okwuosa, governorship aspirant in the state during the 2021 election, and other party faithful, were at the event.
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