The Ogun State Government in conjunction with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) will implement the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law (VAPP) Law of Ogun State, 2017.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr. Ranti Oladeinde, made this known during a two-day Cascade Training on the implementation of VAPP Law of Ogun State, 2017, for Family Court Assessors, Social Welfare Officers, Magistrates and Police Officers from the Juvenile Women Centre, (JWC) Unit, held at Wemby’s Suites, Ibara, Abeokuta.
Dr. Oladeinde said the passage of this law was critical to the development and achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, which proposed that no person, despite their status should be excluded, revealing that Ogun State was the first to domesticate the National VAPP Act passed in 2015 by the National Assembly.
Earlier in her address, Director, Women Empowerment Services, Mrs. Bolanle Fadairo stated that government was concerned at the increasing rate of rape, physical abuse and threatening people with weapons due to illiteracy, alcoholism, as well as ignorance and other negative influence.
She urged relevant stakeholders to create awareness among people on the nefarious activities of violence and other related offences.
The facilitator, Executive Director Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC), Dr. Abiola Akiode-Afolabi, appreciated government for its commitment in ensuring the implementation of policies, as well as making the citizenry understand the law.
“I can authoritatively say, as an active leader of a civil society group, that Ogun State is so much above other States in commitment to putting policies into practice “, she noted.
Commending the State Government and its partners for the training, two participants, Chief Magistrate Matins Akinyemi and Razak Adebayo said there would be effective implementation, if some gaps identified in the law were well discussed.