30 November 2012

Nigeria: Fayemi Inaugurates Committee On Violence Prohibition Law

The Ekiti State Government on Friday inaugurated a 16-member committee on the implementation of the Gender-Based Violence Prohibition Law.

Inaugurating the committee in Ado-Ekiti, Gov. Kayode Fayemi decried violence against women, saying the signing of the bill into law had exposed the extent of gender violation in the society.

He expressed optimism that with the law in place, harassment of female students in higher institutions of learning would soon come to an end.

Fayemi noted with regret that when violation against women was not reported to law enforcement agencies, the perpetrators often escape justice.

He said the inclusion of some members of the academic community in the committee would ensure the implementation of the law in tertiary institutions across the state and address students' complaints.

Earlier, the wife of the governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, had commended the state government for taking actions to implement the law.

She urged the people not to see the law as a tool for destruction of homes but one that would ensure "a peaceful family with dignity."

The committee, headed by the governor's wife, had already begun a sensitisation tour of the state to execute its mandate.

Other members of the committee are representatives of the Nigeria Police, Ministry of Women Affairs, the judiciary, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state and the state's House of Assembly.

Representatives of the Ministries of Local Government, Education, Health as well as Office of the Governor and Non-Governmental Organisations are also in the committee.


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