The wife of the Ekiti State Governor, Dr Olayemi Oyebanji, has described Gender Based Violence (GBV) as the most pervasive violation of human rights and one of the greatest threats to lasting peace and development in any society.
To tackle the menace, Dr Oyebanji urged relevant sectors and agencies in Ekiti State to collaborate to end the harmful practice of Gender Based Violence.
The Ekiti First Lady stated this in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday during a workshop.
She noted that the roles of relevant agencies and sectors became imperative owing to the fact that GBV had remained a thing of concern in the world, considering its effect on peaceful coexistence of people.
“Violence against women and children in particular, has tremendous negative impact on communities and the nations at large, consequently, for an effective response to it, different sectors in the society must work in collaboration,” she said.
The governor’s wife, however, gave an assurance that there would be relentless effort at ensuring training and retraining of relevant GBV respondents across the state.
Dr Oyebanji, therefore, told the participants at the workshop who were mostly traditional rulers that their cooperation was sacrosanct as custodian of the people’s culture in the fight against the scourge in the state.
In a contribution, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs
and Social Development, Mrs Sola Adeluyi, appealed to the royal fathers to ensure continuous coordination of their communities to prevent and monitor adherence to existing laws on the ugly trend while copies of legal documents would be made available to the Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs.
She urged them to do away with social norms that are detrimental, harmful and inimical to the well-being of the society.
Earlier, the Chairman, Traditional Council of Obas in Ekiti State and Onisan of Isan Ekiti, Oba Gabriel Adejuwon, said traditional rulers would continue to advise government, synergize and work with council officials in ensuring that the needful is done in respect of GBV.
He added that traditional institution should be empowered by government to handle some of the GBV cases without necessarily heading to court for legal action.