LAGOS APPOINTS NURTW OFFICIALS AS AMBASSADORS OF CAMPAIGN AGAINST SEXUAL, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

The
Lagos State Government has appointed some key officials of the National Union
of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) as ambassadors of the campaign against rape,
domestic violence, child abuse, maltreatment and neglect in the State.
Speaking
at a sensitization and engagement initiative held at Abule Egba Secretariat of
Lagos State branch of NURTW, Coordinator of Domestic and Sexual Violence
Response Team (DSVRT), an agency under the State’s Ministry of Justice,
Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi said the decision of government to partner with the
association was in line with the mandate of the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi
Ambode to explore all available channels to rid the State the menace.  
She
pointed out that the engagement was particularly premised on the fact that
NURTW officers are rooted within the communities, and at certain times, could
serve as first responders to incidences that occur.
While
addressing over 300 NURTW officials at the programme, Vivour-Adeniyi said it
was important for them to understand the different forms of abuses, steps
survivors of rape and defilement should take after the assault, and the role of
Christian and Muslim doctrines.
“It is
important for people to be aware of the fact that rape and defilement carry
life imprisonment, and also the fact that a man being in a relationship with a
woman does not give him the right to forcefully have sexual intercourse with
her.
“The
is very essential and the society must also acknowledge its role which amongst
other things, is to encourage victims to report, get justice and expose abusers
in their communities, while the different myths usually associated with rape,
domestic violence, manner of dressing, as well as the thinking that some women
deserved to be hit, must be avoided as they are not in tune with the reality,”
Vivour-Adeniyi said.  
She
also announced plans by DSVRT to scale up the partnership by visiting the
garages and zones across the State, and ensuring that all officers and members
of NURTW were properly sensitized.
According
to her, the plan of government is to make the State unbearable for rapists and
abusers.
Responding,
Lagos State NURTW Chairman, Alhaji Tajudeen Agbede commended the State
Government for the initiative to appoint his members as ambassadors, just as he
pledged their full commitment to the course.
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