by Rachel Ogbu
The Ekiti State Government has opened the Sexual Offenders Register for convicted sexual offenders in the state.
On Monday, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda made the announcement during a visit of the Gender-based Violence Prohibition Law management committee led by the wife of the state governor, Bisi Fayemi who is the chairperson of the committee; and Commissioner for Women Affairs, Social Development and Gender Empowerment, Fola Richie-Adewusi.
Richie-Adewusi stressed that the sexual offenders register would make certain that culprits were ostracised from the society.
“This step will serve as a deterrent to men who find pleasure in assaulting women and young girls,” he said.
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He told the visitors that the ministry was proposing a bill on rights of persons with disability, especially women and children, adding that works on the Equal Opportunities Bill had reached an advanced stage.
Fayemi urged the commissioner to assign GBV-related cases to lawyers adequately trained for the purpose and who are sensitive to gender issues.
She also called for the retention of such lawyers for a reasonable period of time as prosecuting GBV counsel before they are transferred to other departments of the ministry.
Governor of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, had on November 25, 2011, signed into law the gender-based violence bill, which was initiated and promoted by his wife.
As part of efforts to strengthen the new Law, the delegation had paid similar advocacy visits to the Vice Chancellor, Ekiti State University, Prof. Oladipo Aina; state command’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sotonye Wakama; and Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola.