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Saturday, December 11, 2021

Gov Abiodun's Wife Leads Awareness walk Against Gender - Based Violence

                •First Lady, Ogun State



The Daily Crucible | Saturday, December 11, 2021

First Lady and Wife of the  Governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun on Friday embarked on an awareness  walk to mark the end of 16 days activism against gender- based violence, calling for strict enforcement of Act banning gender based violence.

Speaking at the event with the theme: 
'' Orange the World: End Violence Against Women Now,” organized  by the First Lady's Ajose Foundation in partnership with Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF), Mrs. Abiodun said the action was necessary due to the  increasing  cases of gender-based violence in the past years. 

'' Just last year, response to the public outcry sparked by some of the unfortunate cases, the President and all the governors of the country declared a state of emergency in the country which made all the first ladies mobilize through the Nigerian Governors Wives Forum (NGWF) to come up with unified approaches to protect the victims of the while ensuring that the perpetrators do not go scot-free'', she explained.

The Governor' s wife added that "one of such approaches is  the enforcement of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act across all States. Furthermore, a management committee of the VAPP was inaugurated by His Excellency, Governor Dapo Abiodun to steer decisions in the right direction''. 

   She further stated that "earlier in the year, we inaugurated the first Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in Sagamu, as well as the Family Support Unit (FSU) spear-headed by the Ogun State Commissioner of Police in Ota. These establishments are meant to give victims the support they need to be able to report violence and seek justice from the relevant law enforcement agents''. 

   Mrs. Abiodun sought for more efforts from all concerned stakeholders to stem the tide of the menace, stating that the situation needed to be addressed and dealt with critically. 

'' I Iwant to  urge community leaders, influences and all concerned stakeholders to join in finding more  ways to make more impact in this regard to ensure that there is zero tolerance for domestic violence in Ogun State'', she stated.
 
  In his remarks,  governor Dapo Abiodun while hosting the First Lady's team in his office assured of  his unflinching support for the enforcement of the VAAMPC

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