Oyo launches toll-free line for students to report sexual violence
• Warns primary school teachers against illegal procession
• Says it’s not owing any teacher 2020 leave bonus
Oyo State Government, yesterday, rolled out a toll-free line for students and other victims of gender-based violence in the state to report such cases.
The Gender Desk Officer, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Mrs. Olafunmilayo Akinpelu, while addressing pupils of Bodija High School, Ibadan, urged the students not to cover anybody who violated them in any way.
The visit to the school, which was part of the 16 days of advocacy to stop Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), was organised by the United Nations Population Fund; Centre for Population and Reproductive Health; Oyo State Ministry of Women Affairs and Ministry of Health.
Akinpelu gave out 080 04004 040, a toll-free line, to the school, asking the students to report to the government through the line.
She said the identity of whistleblowers would be kept secret.
Besides, she lamented the widespread of gender-based violence in the state, Nigeria and other parts of the world, saying everybody must support the campaign to end child abuse and violation of women’s rights.
IN another development, the state government has warned primary school teachers against illegal procession or protest, saying no teacher in the state was being owed the year 2020 leave bonus.
Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, said the warning became imperative, following the planned protest by the teachers.
According to the statement made available to journalists by the media team of the board, Adeniran said: “Some political emissaries are going about telling people that the government is owing them 2020 annual leave arrears and that the government is not taking it seriously. But this is not true. It is incorrect.”
“No primary school teacher is owed monthly salary, or leave bonus as of today. The government has paid their due.”
Adeniran admonished the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) to call its members to order, adding that the state government would appreciate the union’s collaborative efforts to fish out perpetrators of such demeaning acts.