Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode while speaking at the opening ceremony of the 15th Annual National Women Conference organized by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), at Eko Hotel and Towers, V.I, says there is no hiding place for rapists and women-beaters in Lagos as government will go after them and ensure that the full weight of the law falls on them.
Ambode said his administration is committed to the protection of women and the girl child against violence and rape, saying that his government had continued to increase its budgetary provision for women through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation as the administration would continue in this regard and create more platforms for Women engagement. See Excerpts:
“We will pursue programmes that will enable our women to be self-reliant through the provision of financial facilities and capacity building. We will establish more skills acquisition centres to equip our women to take charge of their destiny and show their relevance in the present economic turbulence.
“As a government, we have no doubt about our women’s relevance in economic turbulence. With the profound qualities our women possess, I do not think anyone should be in doubt. As part of measures to ensure that our women play an important role in the state, my government has also put in place policies to protect and secure our women.
“This administration is committed, more than ever before, to uphold the rule of law and ensure that the law against domestic violence and abuse, including rape against our teenage girls, are brought to the fore. We are already on the right path in our battle against rapists and the need to protect rape victims,” he said.