Ogun prepares for crackdown on rapists

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Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Wednesday said the state government was preparing for a crackdown on rapists.

He also said a special court would soon be set up to try rapists and other perpetrators of gender-based violence.

Abiodun said it would set up a Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) court, to handle issues relating to sexual abuses and violence against defenceless people of the state.

He spoke when he received the Country Representative of the UN Population Fund, Ms. Ulla Mueller, who was on a visit to the goverrnor in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

He said issues relating to population and gender equality are germane to sustainable development, hence the domestication of the Violence Against Person’s Prohibition (VAPP).

This will ensure that more females take part in the governance process while efforts would be made to strengthen the Sex and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) response network in the state, among others.

He lauded the Fund for remaining a dependable and committed ally despite the fact that the state had not fulfilled its obligations for some times now, assuring that this year’s counterpart funding would be released to the agency.

“It is noteworthy that in the last five years, Ogun State Government had not contributed their own counterpart funding to UNFPA, this administration in line with our priorities saw the need to strengthen our partnership with you and we immediately resolved that we will begin to put things right, that is the reason why we paid

the first tranche of our counterpart funding to you.

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“It is also noteworthy of note that despite the fact that the counterpart funding was not forth coming, your agency remained a dependable and committed ally to the state,” he said.

The governor while assuring the body that his administration has resolved to continue supporting the agency’s campaign of making the world a better place, said that government would continue to work at improving the State health sector.