Zero-tolerance policy on gender-based violence non-negotiable –Sanwo-Olu
Violence Against Women, Children Have Tremendous Costs On Societies
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that the state’s policy of zero tolerance on issues of gender-based violence is non-negotiable.
He said this explains why the state government is willing and ready to collaborate with organisations and well-meaning individuals to nip the menace in the bud.
Sanwo-Olu, who stated this at the Lagos State Domestic And Sexual Violence Agency Governor’s Commendation and awards ceremony, said: “We must continue to sensitise the populace and ensure that no perpetrator of this evil goes unpunished to serve as deterrence to others.
Sanwo-Olu stated that from inception, the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has continued to hit the ground running and in collaboration with stakeholders, has been able to achieve the success being celebrated.
“It is gratifying that all hands are on deck and I am certain that our efforts will yield the desired fruit of eradicating this menace in our society.
“Since the inception of our administration, the fight against these forms of abuse has been on the front burner and we have initiated programs and strategies which have been very effective, particularly in breaking the culture of silence under which this heinous crime has continued to be perpetrated with impunity,” he said.
He stated that the family is the foundation of the society and a stable family unit can raise strong men and women who are capable leaders in the society.
“If we want to build the Lagos of our collective desires, then we must tackle any obstacle to the peace, tranquility and positive growth of the family unit.
“This award and commendation ceremony is a culmination of the month-long drive and sensitization exercise, which brings to the fore the need for an affirmative action on Domestic, Gender and Sexual violence, which is destroying the fabric of our society.
“I congratulate and commend all the departments and units that have teamed up to fight this good fight and pray that God will continue to strengthen them emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
“I congratulate all the awardees who have exemplified excellence and commitment to service. I charge you to work even harder and come up with more innovative ways to achieve our goal.”
On his part, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), said violence against women, children and men have tremendous costs to communities, nations and societies.
Onigbanjo said: “If left unaddressed, these human rights violations pose serious consequences for current and future generations as well as our efforts to ensure peace and security in Lagos State.
“Whilst the data reveals that we are gradually breaking the culture of silence, we are however not oblivious of the fact that these issues continue to remain grossly underreported.
“I think we can all agree that the time for complacency is long gone and now is the time for stronger action. This is of utmost importance as this administration has declared a Zero Tolerance for Sexual and Gender-based Violence.”