Okowa deplores gender violence as ministry gets 180 cases, prosecutes 18 offenders

Tue Dec 3rd, 2019 - Akwa Ibom

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State yesterday deplored the rising cases of gender-based violence (GBV) in the country.The governor, who described the situation as ritualistic, made the remarks in Asaba at the State Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) stakeholders’ conference with the theme, “Generation Equality: Stand Against Rape and other forms of SGBVs.”

Represented by his deputy, Kingsley Otuaro, the governor said rape cases had become a disturbing phenomenon that needed to be tamed because “it has a negative impact on the country’s development.”The event, organised by the Delta State Sexual and Gender Based Violence Response Team (DSGBVRT) in collaboration with the O5 Initiative Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, was to further sensitise the public on the menace.

In his address, the Commissioner for Justice and chairman of DSGBVRT, Peter Mrakpor, said sexual and gender-based violence had become pandemic, noting that the essence of the meeting was to educate Deltans on the danger and proffer solutions to GBVs.In a similar vein, the Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Agriculture and Women Affairs, Glory Edet, has confirmed receipt of over 180 cases revolving around rape, defilement and gender-based violence in the state.




source: Guardian