The Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF has declared a state of emergency on sexual and gender-based violence against women and children.
NGF in a statement issued and signed by its Chairman, Dr Kayode Fayemi, at the end of the forum’s 10th COVID-19 Teleconference meeting held on Wednesday also renewed commitment to ensuring that offenders face the full weight of the law.
According to the statement; “Governors agreed to, “Declare a State of Emergency on Sexual and Gender-based Violence. Governors strongly condemned all forms of violence against women and children and committed to ensuring that offenders face the maximum weight of the law.
Continued, “We call on State Governors that have not already domesticated relevant gender-based protection laws to domesticate the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, the Child Rights Act and the updated Penal Code to increase protection for women and children and ensure speedy investigation and prosecution of perpetrators in addition to creating sex offenders register in each State to name and shame.”