Written by Ebunoluwa Sessou
As part of an effort to mark 16 days of activism to eradicate domestic and sexual violence, the State House of Lagos Assembly has concluded plans to provide legal support to any agency that provides prompt justice on gender-based violence, violence.
This was part of a “draft law envisioning the State Agency for Domestic and Sexual Violence in Lagos, establishing a register of sex offenders and for other related purposes.”
To entrust Bill, the wife of the Governor of the State of Lagos, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, represented by the State Commissioner for Women’s Affairs and Poverty Alleviation WAPA, Ms. Cecilia Dada assured residents of the government’s readiness to ensure that justice is served appropriately.
In his keynote address, the speaker, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, stated that RNs are counterproductive and contrary to the sanctity of life.
He was represented by his deputy, Mr. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun, who said, “It is unfortunate that domestic violence is on the rise.
In his review of the law, the leader of the majority, Mr. Sanai Agunbiade, said the purpose of the law was to regulate sexual violence activities and restore sanity in various homes.
He added that section 3 of the law deals with the establishment of an agency that would ensure the achievement of the law’s objectives.
In her welcome address, the Speaker of the House of Representatives for WAPA, Mojisoluwa Alli-Macaulay, said that the essence of the law is “protection of victims of sexual and gender-based crimes of violence from discrimination and stigmatization; ensure that victims of domestic violence and sexual violence have access to medical, legal and counseling assistance.
According to her, “It is considered that this is really the best time to consolidate our gains and create institutions that will prevent and respond in an appropriate way.”
The chairman of FIDA, the head of the state of Lagos, Ms. Phil Nneji, greeted the state for the imitation, but suggested that the “victim” in the Draft Law be replaced with a “survivor”.
She also advised that the Register be made public, saying it was one way to meet international standards.
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