By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
A lawmaker in the Oyo State House of Assembly Honourable Bimbo Oladeji has called on government and stakeholders in the state to rise and curb the menace of paedophiles among the girl and boy child in the state.
The call was contained in motion presented by Hon Oladeji during the House plenary on Tuesday, saying it was high time government and stakeholders took drastic measures to curb the sexual menace on the girl child which is now rampant in our society.
According to Hon Oladeji who represents Ogbomoso North in the Assembly, the perpetuators of this dastard acts should be prosecuted and brought to book to serve as deterrent to others as this sexual abuse on the minors is a gross violation of their right.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin in his ruling said sexual molestation of children should be given a very seriousness attention it deserves in Oyo state and indeed Nigeria as a whole as it is being done in most developed countries .
Hon Ogundoyin assured that the House would work with all stakeholders in state to reduce the menace of paedophiles.
Earlier while presenting the motion, Hon Oladeji explained that most of the cases of sexual abuse and exploitation in children are not reported due to fear of stigmatization hence abusers in the unreported cases usually go unpunished.
Hon Oladeji noted that paedophilia cases are not only limited to girls, adding that children who suffer abuse usually experience psychological and emotional trauma for the rest of their lives.
The house after much deliberations resolved to urge the executive arm through the Ministry of Women Affairs and other stakeholders to embark on aggressive sensitization of the citizens on the activities of paedophiles ..
It also called for adequate campaign and sex education for children especially the girl child with a view to instructing them on how to protect themselves from sexual abuse while parents of victims are also encouraged to report such cases to the police to ensure justice is done.