Women journalists decry incessant rape in the country
By Akon Eddy
Chairman, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Kaduna State Chapter, Mrs. Juliet Oyoyo has condemned in totality cases of rape in the country. She bares the mind of her association to Hadiza Bala Usman, Chief of Staff to Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
Mrs. Oyoyo says NAWOJ is worried over incessant cases of rape in the country and call for the support of the Chief of Staff to implore governments at all tiers to establish an agency to help checkmate the menace and bring to book offenders of this heinous crime.
“The Girl-child education and rape of young girls in our society are issues that have elicited great concerns from NAWOJIANS and the society in general. This association is worried by the incessant cases of rape and we would like to use this opportunity to call for your support and also, that of other women in the society, to implore governments at all tiers to establish an agency that would help checkmate this menace, bring to book, offenders and cater for victims.
“It has become expedient to seek government’s intervention in the setting up of orphanage homes and equally, consider providing adequate support, infrastructure and financial, to genuine and existing homes of this nature.
“Drug abuse among our women and youth has become the bane which unfortunately is very alarming as the statistics provided by the NDLEA is giving serious cause for concern. Collaboration between government and NGOs seriously requires more commitment and strengthening of existing laws that would help checkmate this scourge.
“As a body, NAWOJ is greatly concerned about the welfare of the Nigerian woman and her youth which has informed our decision to seek your audience so as to be able to collaborate with your office and person, on areas that we require your advice and support,” she stated.
According to the Chairman, NAWOJ appreciate the choice of a woman as the Chief of Staff, Government House, Kaduna State by His Excellency, Mall. Nasir Ahmad El-Rufa’i, and appeal to the Chief of Staff to make good use of her office for the benefit of all especially the women and youth in the state.
“In a society where women are only seen but not heard, you have carved a niche for yourself and for womanhood, hence we NAWOJIANS see you more as a ‘Pillar and worthy Role Model’ worthy of emulation,” Oyoyo concluded.