September 15, (THEWILL) – Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has called for prompt incarceration of Gender Based Violence offenders in Akwa Ibom State and the country in general.
The Governor stated this on Thursday while inaugurating a 60-bed space Gender Based Violence intervention center in Uyo, the state capital.
According to him, the center is designed to provide easy access to justice, medical interventions and skills, to extend comfort, succor, and hope, to those whose homes have become torture chambers.
Speaking shortly before commissioning the edifice in Atan Offot, Uyo, Governor Udom Emmanuel declared that his administration 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 effort in reducing sexual abuses and other forms of gender-based violence in the state and expressed optimism that the all-in-one center would provide needed succour and restore humanity to victims of GBV.
“I recall last year that we inaugurated a State Management Committee on Gender-Based Violence. The principal term of reference was to eliminate or reduce GBV to its barest minimum.
“Our aim was also to bring to book those who engage in this irreprehensible act. I want to reassure the committee of the importance we attach to this project and our determination to back the law that we have enacted.
“Victims of sexual abuses must be rehabilitated, must be given new leases of life, their humanity must be restored and those who perpetrate those morally depraving acts must be sent to jail, by the grace of the judiciary”, he noted.
Earlier in her remarks, the wife of the Governor and Chairman, Gender Based Violence Management Committee, Dr Martha Udom Emmanuel, recounted her efforts and gains in curbing GBV in the state.
She said the committee has committed much effort and resources to create awareness on the issue, assuring that the center would provide refuge and succour to victims of gender-based violence.
“Today, we stand here to commission and open our signature and the biggest of our accomplishments, the building and commissioning of the State Gender Based Violence Centre, 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 whilst trying to pick up the pieces of their lives.
“This facility is a 60 bed edifice, which will provide for many, not only shelter, easy access to justice, medical interventions and skill acquisitions, but also provide comfort, succour and hope to those whose homes have become torture chambers.
“Those whose parents, guardians, spouses and neighbours have become their abusers and those who have become preys to perverts. Today, a dream has come true, as we have, as a state, 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,
chairperson of the forum and wife of Ekiti State Governor, Mrs Bisi Fayemi, applauded Mrs Emmanuel for the giant stride and appreciated Governor Udom Emmanuel for his huge support.
She mentioned that wives of governors across the country were all engaged in various projects and interventions, to curb Gender Based Violence in the country.