Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu presented six vehicles this weekend to agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) at the forefront of the fight against all forms of sexual violence and sexist (SGBV) in the state.
The governor promised more state government intervention to support the campaign.
He spoke at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja during the presentation of the vehicles by his wife, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu.
The vehicles were presented to facilitate a rapid, effective and efficient response to the threat of rape, defilement, domestic violence, child abuse and related crimes.
The beneficiaries are the Family Court, the Lagos State Judiciary; Department of Family Health and Nutrition, Lagos State Ministry of Health; Guidance and Counseling Unit, Lagos State Ministry of Education; Women’s Rights and Health Project (WRAHP); Auntlanda Bethel Foundation; and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Response Team, Office of the First Lady.
The presentation of the vehicle was the culmination of the commemoration of the 16 Global Days of Activism Against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, as the State Spearhead by the Office of the First Lady.
The governor congratulated all stakeholders, partners and donors, saying that the achievement clearly confirmed that a lot can be achieved by working together.
“I am happy with all our partners, NGOs, different offices and justice who are doing great things.
“What that means is just keep doing what you’re doing, someone somewhere is watching, and when the time is right you will be encouraged and we all have to cheer ourselves on. I’m sure that year. Next, others who also set the bar higher and are the best at what they do will be encouraged.
“On behalf of the government and people of Lagos State, I want to thank all of you for what you are doing. I want to thank my wife, the First Lady; the wife of my brother the deputy governor; everyone in the Office of the First Lady, and all the stakeholders who put this in place.
“What this means is that next year we should do a lot better, we should have a lot more partners, we should have a lot more interventions, indeed we should be able to say that indeed these are the things we have done and we are on the right track, ”he said.
Earlier, the First Lady said much has been done to step up the fight against sexual and gender-based violence.
She said it was gratifying that vehicles were presented to further strengthen the capacities of relevant agencies to deal decisively with the threat.
“A lot has been done with regard to the 16 Days of Activism. We had our community outreach on November 29, followed by a school outreach.
“We also participated in the interfaith parliament where we had the opportunity to discuss with religious leaders (Christians and Muslims).
“In the meantime, I went to Abuja to attend the second annual conference of the Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum Against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.
“We also had the opportunity to meet the National Union of Road Transport Workers to sensitize them on the dangers and the position of the law on SGBV.
“Today we are presenting six vehicles for a total of nine vehicles that we have presented to support the fight against sexual and gender-based violence.
“Remember that we previously presented three to the Domestic and Sexual Violence Intervention Team (DSVRT) of the Ministry of Justice; Child Protection Unit of the Ministry of Youth and Social Development; and the Gender Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Lagos.
“For us, we will not relax our fight against sexual and gender-based violence,” she said.
In addition to vehicles, rape kits were also donated to the Ministry of Health to help with the treatment of rape victims.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr Olusegun Ogboye congratulated the First Lady for her passion and genuine commitment and consistency displayed to the cause against sexual violence. and sexist, ensuring that rape vehicles and kits are deployed. for the intended purpose.
The donors are the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) and the Lagos State Gaming and Lotteries Authority, while the Signage and Advertising Agency of the Lagos State (LASAA) supported the 16-day activism campaign with advertisements on billboards and electronic media.