Lagos State government moves to tackle rape challenges in it’s environ.
Lagos State government frowns at the increase in rape pandemic and gender based violence in Lagos State and this had made it a must for the government to seek more ways to curb this a normalise in the state and in doing that, the government is putting in place plans to set up Gender Desk in the 57 local government areas and local council development areas.
This was revealed at the 6th Edition of the Women Assembly Forum held at Ikosi-Isheri for Women in Kosofe, Ikeja and Ojodu LGs and Agboyi-Ketu, Onigbongbo, Ikosi-Isheri LCDAs, by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. (Mrs) Cecilia Dada who pointed out that setting up the centers at the grassroots will help in containing gender based violence and rape cases.
She emphasised on the need for the society to have peaceful and beautiful homes in Lagos State where women will know and understand the need to be submissive to their husband, Hon. Dada urged women not with standing to be ready to speak up and speak out once their rights are being violated.
Speaking on the need to open up, she said the reason women couldn’t speak up is because they are unemployed and solely depend on their violator one way or the other when their rights are being violated.
Hon. Dada urged women to know that having something they do no matter how small is very important “You must be self reliant, gone are the days that women depend on their husband to do everything without any input from them, she further encouraged them that no matter the level of provocation, that women should learn how to control their temper no matter the situation, learn to be patient with each other, she warned.
Lagos state government, Dada stated has zero tolerance to women who are unemployed.” That is why we have various skill acquisition centres all over the state ranging from short term of 4 weeks to long term of 6 months, all for free of charge, as women you must learn to work with your hands”, without sitting around and or involved in ideal talks, she said.
According to Hon. Dada, over 17,000 women, girls and men have benefited from the free skills training and Start up packs by the state government”.
On her part, the Mayoress Ikosi-Isheri lcda Princess Abolanle Bada lauded the Lagos state government initiative and added that the program will be replicated to the grassroots.