Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has called for the immediate detention of offenders of gender-based violence in Akwa Ibom State and the country in general.
The governor said this Thursday during the opening of a 60-bed center for gender-based violence in the state capital Uyo.
According to him, the center is designed to provide easy access to justice, medical interventions and skills, to provide comfort, help and hope to those whose homes have become torture chambers.
Shortly before the inauguration of the building in Atan Offot, Uyo, Governor Udom Emmanuel declared that his government has zero tolerance for all forms of gender-based violence, and therefore called for the incarceration of perpetrators of such acts.
He applauded his wife, Dr. Martha Emmanuel, for her consistent efforts to reduce sexual abuse and other forms of gender-based violence in the state and expressed his optimism that the all-in-one center would provide needed assistance and humanity of the victims of GBV.
“I remember last year that we inaugurated a state commission on gender-based violence. The main mission was to eliminate or reduce GBV to the bare minimum.
“Our aim was also to book those who are guilty of this unforgivable act. I would like to reassure the committee of the importance we attach to this project and of our determination to support the law we have enacted.
“Victims of sexual abuse should be rehabilitated, revived, their humanity restored and those who commit these morally depraved acts should be sent to prison by the grace of the judiciary,” he noted.
Earlier in her comments, Dr. Martha Udom Emmanuel, the wife of the governor and chair of the Gender-Based Violence Management Committee, shared her efforts and gains in reducing GBV in the state.
She said the committee invested a great deal of effort and resources in raising awareness about the issue and ensuring that the center would provide refuge and assistance to victims of gender-based violence.
“Today we stand here to open and open our signature and the greatest of our achievements, the construction and commissioning of the State Gender Based Violence Center, built out of love and the desire to provide a safe place for victims of sexual and gender-based violence and where they can learn a skill while trying to pick up the pieces of their lives.
“This facility is a 60-bed building, which will not only provide shelter, easy access to justice, medical intervention and skill acquisition for many, but also comfort, help and hope for those whose homes have become torture chambers.
“Those whose parents, guardians, spouses and neighbors have become their abusers and those who have fallen prey to perverts. Today a dream has come true, because as a state we have reached out and touched the vulnerable, the tortured, the abused and the violated.” She explained.
Speaking on behalf of the Nigerian Governors’ Wives Forum, whose members have been in the state for their retreat in recent days, Ms. Bisi Fayemi, the forum’s chairman and wife of Ekiti State Governor, Ms. Emmanuel, applauded the giant step and she appreciated Governor Udom Emmanuel for his tremendous support.
She said the wives of governors across the country were involved in various projects and interventions to curb gender-based violence in the country.
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