By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government has alerted that the number of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) cases recorded on a daily basis in the state is alarming.
The state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Alhaja Faosat Joke Sanni raised the alarm in Ibadan on Thursday at a workshop organized on Best Practice Response Strategy for members of the Oyo State Ministry of Women Affairs Rapid Response Team (OYOMWA-RRT),
Delivering her goodwill message through the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion Mrs Christiana Abioye , the Commissioner stated that the population of minors and young women affected by Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) has been in the increase on daily basis.
Alhaja Faosat Sanni stressed that there is need for a coordinated approach to combat all forms of sexual and gender based violence in our society, adding that the establishment of a strong and extremely active Rapid Response Team (RRT) comprises of all relevant stakeholders to Respond to Rape and Gender Based cases.
She maintained that the Ministry co-lead in the affairs of State Gender Based Violence Response Team (SGBVRT) with the Ministry of Justice where all victims of Rape and GBV get justice through collaborative effort of all concerned stakeholders.
” The Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion now has zero tolerance to Sexual and Gender Based Violence and in addition to the RRT WhatsApp group where cases of abuse are reported, the Ministry helplines are 09072414084 and 09072414083. She said the all present the the Ministry will not relent in it’s efforts to reduce Gender Based Violence cases especially rape, to it’s barest minimum in the state” .
While urging all members of the team not to relent in their efforts while she prayed that Almighty God rewards and crowns the efforts of members to enjoy a fruitful session, the Commissioner expressed immense gratitude to the facilitator. Dr. Uwom. O. Eze. Chief Consultant Forensic Pathologist and Clinical Forensic Physician University College Hospital Ibadan & Chairman, State Committee on management of the Dead Oyo State Government. for creating the time to be part of the workshop.