Oyo Assembly to Pass Bill on Violence Against Women
Posted: 30/Sep/2014

A bill that seeks to eradicate all forms of violence against the girl-child and women will soon be passed by the Oyo State House of Assembly.

The Majority Leader of the house, James Oyeniran Akande, made the disclosure yesterday during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Annual Week of the state chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, held at the NUJ Secretariat in Ibadan, the state capital.

Speaking on the theme of the event, “National Conference on Rape”, Akande described rape as not only violence against the victim, but also against humanity.

The lawmaker who represents Oluyole State Constituency, said the bill which seeks to eradicate, criminalised and proffer punishment for perpetrators of all violence against girl-child and women in general, including rape, assault, child abuse and child mal- treatment and negligence is on his table for proper deliberation by the various stakeholders including members of the public and security agents. He said the house is ready to pass the law to put a stop to all forms of violence against women.

Akande lauded the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi on his administration’s feats in the areas of education, health, security and infrastructural development which he said has eluded the state for many years.

Also speaking at the event, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Prince Gbade Lana, described rape as a crime which should be treated with maximum punishment.

He appealed to the NAWOJ not to relent in its efforts in taking the campaign to the market women, villages so as to reduce the menace.

Lana also pledged the support of the ministry for the association in its efforts at disseminating information to the people of the state. Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. A. K. Sodipo, who was represented by Mrs. Janet Agbede, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, said three set of people are involved in rape cases, these are, members of the public, security agents and the judiciary and that they must at all times be ready to play their parts to ensure that justice is done.

Sodipo who described rape as incident that last forever in the memory of the victim, said it is when the three set of people play their roles as expected, that the perpetrators can be brought to book.

The police boss, who said rape happens on daily bases, said it is unfortunate that only few cases are reported due to the fear by the victims and their relations, stigmatisation as well as ignorance.

He also pledged the support of the police to reduce the menace, saying the command is on daily basis embarking on trainings and re-training of its officers to meet the challenges of the contemporary society.

Chairperson of the union, Mrs. Adekitan Adeagbo, said the rationale behind the theme of the event is to ensure that the association gives back to the society by contributing her own roles in reducing social problems such as rape in Nigeria.