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By Onomiguren Agbamu
Delta state commissioner for women affairs, and social development, Hon. Mrs Flora Alanta has said the state government has zero tolerance for sexual and gender-based violence in the state.
Hon. Mrs Flora Alanta stated this at Asaba during the official commissioning ceremony of Delta state sexual assaults referral centre, (SARC).
The commissioner, who was represented by her permanent secretary, Mrs Oghenekevwe Agas, said, it become necessary for the state government to open a centre for sexual assault’ referral centre due to the prevalent situation in the society.
Mrs. Alanta explained that the sexual assault referral centre will provide medical teams that is made up of doctors and nurses, legal teams from the ministry of justice, security agencies and social welfare officers from the ministry of women affairs.
She added that the personnel are to offer prompt responses to victims of sexual assault across the 25 local government area of the state.
Hon. Flora called on the voluntary support of Non- Governmental organizations, communities to help educate people on the need to speak out when there are violations.
Alanta added “when they speak out it will help the victims of the sexual assault to heal faster when justice is served, and it will act as a deterrent to others”.
She said that the sexual assault referral centre is a mind stone g achievement that put Delta state on the map that the state has zero tolerance for sexual and gender-based violence.
The Hon. Commissioner disclosed further that the state government will replicate the sexual assault referral centre across the 25 local government areas of the state, firstly in the three senatorial districts, while Asaba will house Delta North, and warri central hospital and Ughelli-central hospital for Delta South and Central respectively.
She commended the hospital management for providing the space on such short notice and the ministry of health for making the personnel available.
She equally appreciated the state governor, Senator Dr Okowa for recognizing the fact that women need to be protected as a vulnerable group and making provision for the centre and subsequent centre that will be established over the 25 local government areas of the state.
She urged victims of sexual assaults to make use of the centre saying if you keep quiet about whatever you go through, there won’t be support, and that the centre is not for decoration.
Top Government functionaries present during the ceremony were, Dr Barry Gbe, Hon. Commissioner for Economic Planning, Mrs. Nkechi Chukwurah, Hon. Commissioner for Girl Child Empowerment and Development,Dr. Mrs. Peace Ighosewe, Medical Director, Asaba Specialist Hospital, and a host of other stakeholders.
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