WARDC seeks implementation of VAPP law, special courts for SGBV cases in Osun

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BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

The Osun State Working Group of a non-profit organization, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre has urged the state government and other relevant authorities to ensure efficient implementation of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law in the state.

The group noted that the effectiveness of the VAPP law would assist greatly in tackling the growing rates of sexual and gender based violence in the state.

Also, the group strongly advocated for the establishment of specially designated courts to look into SGBV cases and give them accelerated trials so as to ensure that victims get justice without delay.

These requests were made when the working group, led by its Coordinator in the state, Mrs Seun Taiwo, paid a courtesy visit to the wife of the Osun State Governor, Erelu Ngozi Adeleke in Osogbo as part of the activities marking this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against SGBV.

Addressing the wife of the governor, Taiwo urged her to use her office to facilitate the implementation of VAPP law in the state and creation of designated courts for SGBV cases, adding that all hands must be on deck to minimize the rate of violence against children and women especially.

In her remarks, a member of the WARDC National Working Group, Citizen Lola Wey, stressed that the Sexual Assaults Referral Centre at the Osun State Hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo needed to be active so that survivors could be attended to in a secure and comfortable environment.

The team which included Mrs Ejiade Bukola
Mrs Oguniyi Jadesola also tabled some SGBV cases they have been handling to the First Lady as the victims had opportunity to narrate their ordeals at the meeting.

Responding, the wife of the governor promised to forward the requests to her husband, Governor Ademola Adeleke, the Ministry of Children, Women and Social Welfare in the state, the Speaker, House of Assembly and other concerned stakeholders to ensure that they are put into action.

She lamented worsening domestic and sexual violence and advised victims to runaway from toxic relationships.