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Sanwo-Olu’s wife urges students to speak up against violence, rape

By Gbenga Salau
07 December 2021   |   4:11 am
Lagos State Governor’s wife, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, commiserated with the parents of the 12-year-old student of Dowen College, Lekki in Lagos, Sylvester Oromomi, who died last week, describing the incident as heartbreaking.

Principal, Dolphin Senior High School, Tapa, Lagos, Mrs Folushade Akinremi (left); Tutor General/Permanent Secretary, Education District III, Dr. Olufolayimika Abiose-Ayandele; Lagos State First Lady, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; Principal, Eko-Akete Senior Secondary School, Mr. Oladunjoye Iyu and President, Dolphin High School Old Students Association, Alhaji Kassim Olalekan, during an advocacy visit in commemoration of the annual 16 days of activism against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), in Lagos…yesterday.<br />

Says Dowen College student’s death heartbreaking
Lagos State Governor’s wife, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, commiserated with the parents of the 12-year-old student of Dowen College, Lekki in Lagos, Sylvester Oromomi, who died last week, describing the incident as heartbreaking.

The governor’s wife, who stated this during an advocacy visit to some schools in furtherance of the ongoing 16 days of activism against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), described the incident as unfortunate, urging the students to be bold, courageous and speak up against any form of violence and rape.
 
She said: “I am aware that the Lagos State Government is investigating the incident. Honestly, it is something we are not very happy about. It’s a big slap on the face of the education sector, the community and Lagos State as a whole.
 


“It is a case that is being investigated and for the parents and everybody involved, we commiserate with them and send our condolences. As I said, the case is being investigated and I will not be able to say much on it at the moment.”
 
She said the advocacy visit to schools was aimed at catching the students young and enlightening them on the need to work against all forms of sexual and gender-based violence.

The First Lady explained that the visit to the respective schools was the third leg of the advocacy efforts, saying that a similar enlightenment programme had been held for the community groups and religious leaders by her office.
  
She donated laptops, industrial cooking gas and other educational materials to each of the schools, just as she assured that more schools and other critical organisations would be visited.
 
Permanent Secretary, Education District Three, Dr. Olufolayimika Abiose-Ayandele, commended the First Lady’s interest and passion for the welfare and safety of students in the state.
 
She said the advocacy visit to schools on SGBV by the First Lady was another clear testament to her commitment to end all forms of sexual abuse in the state.