ANAMBRA GOVERNMENT AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT, PARTNERS ROLAC TO SET UP REFERRAL CENTRE
By Ebele Egoh/Chukwudi Nwauba :
Awka, Sept. 19, 2019 (MOI) Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra says sexual assault leaves lasting psychological, emotional and physiological trauma on victims.
Gov. Obiano made the observation while inaugurating Ntasi Centre that would help to address issues of rising incidences of sexual abuse in the state, at the Enugwu-Ukwu General Hospital, Njikoka Local Government Area (LGA).
He said Anambra would partner, Rule of Law and
Anti Corruption (ROLAC) to set up Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in
Enugwu-Ukwu, Njikoka LGA.
``The centre currently renovated and re-equipped by ROLAC through their implementing partner, the British Council would provide succor to lots of citizens, who unfortunately may have fallen victim of sexual assault.
``ROLAC has trained 45 individuals that would work in the centre that include doctors, nurses, councilors, social workers, psychologist and other support staff,’’ he said.
Obiano noted that Anambra was among first set of states in the country to have domesticated the law in 2017 to address the issue of gender violence victims at any level.
The governor urged victims to speak up now that there was support system in the state, so that perpetrators would be brought to book.
He, however, commended ROLAC and other partners for establishing the centre in Anambra.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala represented the Governor at the event.
National Programme Manager ROLAC, Dr Plank Danladi said that ROLAC was working in four cardinal areas in the state.
``The areas are Criminal Justice Reform, Access to Justice for Women, Children and Persons With Disabilities, Anti Corruption, as well as engagement with Civil Society Groups and the general public,’’ he said.
He commended Anambra State Government for the enabling environment and for support that helped them to thrive and to establish the Ntasi Centre.
Dr Danladi observed that one in every four girls was being sexually abused before the age of 18 while male statistics was one in every 10 boys.
He called on victims of sexual assault to speak up, as succor had been made available in the state.
Ntasi Centre in Anambra is the 12th established Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Nigeria by ROLAC.
Acting Chief Judge, Anambra State, Justice Onochie Anyachebelu, represented by Deputy Chief Registrar, Inspectorate, Mrs Vivian Udodike, said that the Judiciary would provide ROLAC all necessary support for SARC to function.
Dignitaries at the event are Commissioners, Prof. Theresa Obiekezie, Tertiary and Science Education, Mrs Ndidi Mezue, Women and Children Affairs and Anambra Head of Service represented by Mrs Nwando Obiano.
Others are, Anambra Commissioner for Police represented by Dr Kadiri, Controller of Prisons represented by Mr G C Edeh and other stakeholders. (MOI)