NAWOJ Calls for Speedy Completion of Family Courts
Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ wants Oyo State government to ensure speedy completion of family courts in the state to address gender-based violence.
Chairperson, NAWOJ Oyo State, Mrs Jadesola Ajibola stated this in Ibadan at a news conference to commemorate this year’s International Day of Girl Child.
Mrs Ajibola called on Governor Seyi Makinde to show special interest on the completion of the family court as such would address sexual and domestic violence, stressing that Oyo State was the only one in the Southwest that has no functional family court.
“We have been yearning for a befitting and functional family court to attend to issues of family disputes and various cases of violations, especially of women and children and this we see as the beginning of the solace for our desires”.
“Our quest for a family court increased due to the increasing rate of gender based violence and we believe that this is one of the corrective tools to caution violators in our state”.
“We therefore use this opportunity to ask for a speedy completion of the project and furnishing immediately, so that the court can begin full operations in terms of dispensation of justice, this for us is another empowerment, when the right of children are implemented, we will have a peaceful society”.
She Iauded the efforts of the state government in the area of free education as more children have been returning to schools.
“The theme for this year’s celebration is “Empowering Girls for brighter tomorrow”, the girl child must be empowered in all ramifications, beginning with her rights not being violated. The rights of Nigerian children are not received any protection from the right quarters and this has affected a lot of children”.
“The state governor has started an empowerment of children by removing the compulsory fees of N3,000, thereby making primary education free for pupils of the state”.
The news conference had in attendance children from NUJ Pen Group of School.