In line with its sensitization objectives, the National Orientation Agency, Edo State weekend held a One-Day Sensitization workshop on the need to communicate Government policies on Information Act, Rape and Gender Violence, Deregulation in the Downstream Sector and National Action Against Drug Abuse, Trafficking and other Social Vices.
In her welcome address, the Edo State Director of Agency, Mrs. Grace Ewere Eseka, said the event was organized to discuss and meaningfully engaged the people on issues bordering on healthy living amongst the people and the enhancement of Economic Growth in the country.
She said: “This is yet another event, the first of its kind organized by the National Orientations Agency (NOA). In our sensitization campaign on communicating the effects of social vices in the society, NOA in its quest to continuously inform the general public and other relevant stakeholders organized this event to discuss and meaningfully engaged our people on issues that are germane to healthy living amongst the people and enhancement of Economic Growth in Nigeria.
She described the workshop as apt especially as she opined that social vices are prevalent in the national discourse, hence, “the need to talk about them, publicize them and proffer solutions to these vices cannot be over-emphasized”.
“We hear of these vices and their consequences in our country in general and State in particular, bringing in its wake untold hardship to the people. This is avoidable, we must work to ensure that tragedies such as rape, gender violence, drug abuse, do not happen in our domains”, she advised
Speaking on the topic, “Curbing the Increase Wave of Rape and Gender Violence”, the State Coordinator of Sexual and Gender Based Violence Response Team (SGBV-RT), Barr (Mrs.) Charity Chris-Ebosele, said the state government through the office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice has continued to canvass for the tackling of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV).
She underscored the importance of creating mass awareness in all spheres of life in order to ensure that elements that encouraged SGBV are curtailed.
“It is with this mindset to the pace in combating SGVB that the Edo State Ministry of Justice, under the leadership of Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, being one of the front burners in canvasing for access to Justice and impacting the government and the people for the betterment of the state saw the need to strategize on various ways to aid the successful tackling of this menace called Sexual and Gender Based Violence.
Mrs. Chris-Ebosele revealed that SGBV-RT which was established in January, 2019 has a team consist of all relevant stakeholders from different Ministries, Agencies and CSOs, adding that the SGBV-RT is committed towards improving the coordination and cooperation of social support, healthcare, legal and enforcement professionals in responding to SGBV in Edo State.
While noting that SGBV-RT has secured Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in Benin City and Uromi in Esan North-East Local Government Area of the state, Chris-Ebosele disclosed that SARC is aimed addressing some of the support gaps by providing essential services to victims of sexual assault.
Other resource persons who spoke at the event include, Deputy Director, Social Duties and Local Operation of NOA, Barr. Osahon Woghiren, Dr. Gavin Daudu, Principal Staff Officer, Public Affairs of NDLEA Mr. Ofoyeju Mitchell, Edo State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Comrade Roland Osakue, who also acted as moderator of the event and Dr. Olaye Liberty.