By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
As part of efforts geared towards combating the cases of rape in the society most especially in Ondo state, the wife of the governor, Mrs. Betty Akeredolu has tasked the stakeholders across the board to come together and tackle the menace.
She disclosed that the State recorded 112 cases of rape within three years ad the State government in collaboration with stakeholders are working hard to reduce cases of rape.
Mrs. Akeredolu who made this assertion on Monday in Akure, the state capital during stakeholders meeting on sexual gender-based violence organized and sponsored singlehandedly by Her Excellency, as a way of curbing any form of rape that is becoming rampant in the society.
According to her, “the purpose of the meeting is gradually achieving its purpose and it is a responsibility of every parent to wake up to the challenge ravaging our society on the issue of rape and other violence on our female gender”.
In her response, the Commissioner for women’s affairs in the state, Mrs. Titi Adeyemi commended Her Excellency as a mother who never takes anything for granted on rape.
She also applauded Her Excellency for the provision of Emergency Response Centre (ERC) in the three senatorial districts of the state which is saddled with the responsibility of attending to such case in the area of treatment of victim and arrest of the offender.
While responding on behalf of the female lawyers in the state, Mrs. Bọlá Ogundadegbe said that some of the offenders have been imprisoned by the competent courts based on the level of offences committed.
She said further that some are served with life imprisonment and some discharged which has made the menace to be reduced at least to its bearable minimum.
The meeting has in attendance the Commissioner of Police, The Commissioner For Justice and Attorney General, The Commissioner For Women Affairs, The Men Of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, NGOs, representative of the Ministry of Health, among others.
The meeting was therefore adjourned till 13th day of August, 2020 for further deliberations and brainstorming on a more effective way of dealing with the issue holistically.