By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday disclosed, that Oyo State is poised to eliminating all forms of violence against women and the girl-child and ensure the safety of lives in the state.
The governor stated this during a courtesy visit by members of the National Human Rights Commission, Oyo State office, held at the SSG’s Conference Room, Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Ibadan,
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Bisi Ilaka, the governor noted that the state will take quick steps to actualize its plans and as well lauded the Human Rights community for submitting a communique on the elimination of violence against women and the girl-child.
Governor Makinde emphasized that his administration will always be responsive in the aspect of defending the rights of its indigenes and residents, saying, “we are happy to work with everyone who wants to make our state what it ought to be.”
“We understand what it is, and we want to move to the ideal. We want to do what is right and that is where each and everyone’s rights will be guaranteed and protected. We want everyone of us to be able to articulate, define, identify their rights, and be able to cry out for help when the rights are being violated.”, he said
The governor added that the government of Oyo State ” is already paying particular attention to the issue of gender-based violence especially against women, adding that the State House of Assembly was on the verge of passing some legislation on the matter.”
“This is an area that is forever evolving and growing, and this administration is taking particular attention on the issue of violence against women. There are various legislations being worked upon by the State’s House of Assembly to address this issue of violence against women.Having said that, we have to have engagements in the areas of human rights, which is also forward-looking, because the issue of human rights is not restricted to gender.”
The acting State Coordinator, Oyo State National Human Rights Commission, Akintayo Olamide, said the body will between November 25 and December 10, mark the International Human Rights Day and that the theme of this year’s Day is “eliminate all forms of violence against women.”
She stressed that the state government would set up a ‘One-Stop Centre’ for victims, which will include shelters, medical services, trauma and counselling units that will be equipped with trained personnel, legal assistance and security and that the state government to do all that it could to eliminate gender violence and abuse against women.