Utomi ad­vo­cates laws to pro­tect women

The Punch - - NEWS - Oladimeji Ra­mon

The founder, Cen­tre for Val­ues and Lead­er­ship, Prof Pat Utomi, has called on law­mak­ers in the coun­try to en­act laws against in­hu­man treat­ment of women and girls in the so­ci­ety.

he said in­ci­dents of women and fe­male chil­dren abuse had reached a crit­i­cal point in Nige­ria and needed to be given the re­quired at­ten­tion.

A state­ment on Thurs­day quoted Utomi to have said

this dur­ing a sem­i­nar, tagged, ‘Mother and girl child abuse in Nige­ria - Is­sues and strate­gies to­wards erad­i­ca­tion,’ or­gan­ised on Wed­nes­day by the health Aware­ness and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion In­ter­na­tional at the Nige­rian In­sti­tute of Ad­vance Le­gal Stud­ies, Univer­sity of La­gos.

he said, “If we must build a re­spon­si­ble so­ci­ety that makes progress, the right of chil­dren, es­pe­cially the girl child and women, must be re­spected; and rel­e­vant laws in favour

of this seg­ment of the so­ci­ety must be en­acted.

“We must raise our voices against in­hu­man treat­ment of women and girl-child abuse in the so­ci­ety, be­cause the right of peo­ple who do not have a voice must not be tram­pled.”

Ear­lier, a for­mer Reg­is­trar of St. Au­gus­tine’s Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion, Dr Aniemeka Okonji, while de­liv­er­ing his lec­ture said the wel­fare and safety of women and girls must be given pri­or­ity in the coun­try.

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