By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has signed the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Bill into law.
He said the decision was aimed to further strengthen the fundamental right to life and ensure adequate protection of lives and property of the citizens in the state.
Oyetola who reassured of his administration’s commitment to citizens’ security, pledged that the state would ensure full implementation and enforcement of the new law.
The Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act (2015) is an Act to eliminate violence in private and public life, prohibit all forms of violence against persons and provide maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishments of offenders; and for related matters.
The signing of the bill by the governor, which coincided with the commemoration of International Day of the Girl Child further aimed to give priority and value to human existence and ensure peaceful cohabitation among residents.
While asserting the bill at the Executive Council Lounge, Governor’s office, Abere, Oyetola said his assent marked the commencement of the law.
According to him, the law will help reduce to the barest minimum violence in public places, especially against women and children, as provisions have been made in the law for maximum protection of persons anywhere in the state.
He commended the state House of Assembly for passing the bill in record time just as he equally acknowledged the role of the First Lady in ensuring the quick passage of the bill.
Earlier, the Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye, said the passage and consequent assent of the bill would henceforth strengthen moral standard and instill discipline and sanctity into the society as its implementation and enforcement would spare no one.
According to him, the law will decimate any act of violence against persons in both private and public life.
In her remarks, the Wife of the Governor, Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola said the law will push further the frontiers and help to eliminate all forms of violence against persons particularly the women and children.