By Esenvosa Izah
An NGO, Cece Yara Foundation, has commended the Lagos State Government for signing the establishment of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency into law, as part of its efforts to curb incidences of domestic and sexual violence in the state.
Its Founder, Mrs Bola Tinubu, made the commendation in a statement on Monday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Sanwo-Olu had on Sept. 20, 2021, signed a legislation transforming the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), into a full-blown agency.
The DSVRT legislation provides for the establishment of the Sexual Offenders’ Register that would help the state to efficiently tackle the issues of violations in communities.
Tinubu said: “I am grateful to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Sanwo-Olu, for this timely move during this Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness month.
“The governor has proven to be a leader in the fight against gender- based violence in Nigeria, and I look forward to seeing other states across the country follow this step.
“Following the reported increase in the rate of domestic and sexual violence in the state, this Initiative will help the state to effectively tackle the issues of violations within communities,” she said.
She said that the foundation was focused on providing frontline interventions for children experiencing sexual abuse, or at risk, through its 24- hour toll-free child helpline, 0800 800 8001.
According to her, adults and children can report cases of child sexual abuse and seek help from her team of experienced counsellors.
“The DSVRT has been a major partner of the Cece Yara Foundation, and we are pleased that the governor, through legislation, has made it a full-blown agency.
“We believe that the Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, has been further empowered to tackle issues of domestic and sexual violence within state.
“Also, we are committed to continually working with them to curb the effects of this menace to society, ” Tinubu said.
NAN reports that the DSVRT was established in 2014 as a response to the increase in incidents of rape, defilement, domestic violence, child abuse, neglect, and maltreatment in the state, and is supervised by the Ministry of Justice.
Also, data provided by the Ministry of Justice, shows that since 2019, over 10,000 cases of various forms of abuse have been reported by the team.