By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Government said it has began the compilation of the maiden edition of Sex and Gender-Based Offender’s register which would soon be released to the public.
The State Governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola made this known on Wednesday when his wife, Kafayat, led other women including wives of political office holders and government functionaries in the state paid a courtesy visit to him in his office at the Governnent Secretariat along Gbongan road, Osogbo, the state capital.
Oyetola who described rape and other forms of sexual assault and gender-based violence as crime against God and humanity said the register would blacklist offenders and forestall recurrence.
The governor stressed that his government has zero-tolerance for anything capable of undermining the human sanctity, dignity and right to life assuring that he would deploy full weight of the law against perpetrators of rape and all other crimes against women and children.
He said: “Rape and sexual violence against women and children are assuming an unacceptable prevalence rate in the nation. As a responsible government, we roundly condemn this barbarous act in its entirety. Indeed, we have zero tolerance for them. Rape attracts life imprisonment while an attempt to commit the offence will earn the offender upon conviction 14 years imprisonment.”
Oyetola appealed to parents, guardians and teachers to counsel their male children, wards and pupils on crimes against women and children just as he advocated massive sensitisation and enlightenment programmes that would help to fight against rape and sexual violence.
The governor also commended his wife for ridding Osun of open defecation, noting that he was glad to hear that Ifedayo Local Government Area of the State had been declared Open Defecation free through her efforts.
Earlier, the Wife of the governor, Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola, commended the state government for prioritising the welfare and well-being of women and children in the state.
She revealed that herself and wives of other Southwest Governors had resolved to continuously wage war against rape by taking vigorous campaign to all the concerned authorities particularly the three arms of government across the region.