REPORTER: PEACE AGBO
The wife of Abia State Governor, Mrs. Priscilla Otti, has pledged to introduce mobile court to try offenders and get justice for victims of sexual and gender-based violence in the state.
Speaking at the ongoing 4th Annual Conference of the Nigeria Governors’ Spouses Forum in Abuja to mark the 16 days of activism on sexual and gender-based violence, Mrs. Otti warned those fueling harmful practices that expose women and the girl child to violence to desist from such.
Mrs. Otti pointed out that the conference had offered her more opportunity to be informed and equipped on positive ways of eradicating sexual and gender-based violence in society.
She announced that she would put up a workable action plan in collaboration with the state ministry of women affairs to domesticate the policy trust of the forum by ensuring that gender-based violence becomes a thing of the past in Abia State.
According to the Governor’s wife, the theme of the conference “Youth Allies: Bridging Generations to End Violence” is timely.
She maintained that it would not only end gender-based violence but to empower women, create cancer awareness, provide shelter for women and the girl child, set up referral centers where victims could seek redress and be rehabilitated.
The Abia State Governor’s wife commended participants in the conference, critical stakeholders, development partners, and the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazak of Kwara State, for their immense support, especially in the area of establishing a mobile court.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU