January 21, 2022

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Rivers NAWOJ Laud Wike Over Construction Of Safe Home

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Edith CHUKU

Rivers State chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, has commended the state governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike, for the construction of the state Safe Home, with intent to support abused women, men and children in the state.

 

NAWOJ gave this commendation in a joint statement by her Chairperson, Mrs. Susan Serekara – Nwikhana and Secretary, Mrs. Ngozi Anosike, shortly after the commissioning at Nembe Street, Borokiri, Port Harcourt.

 

The woman branch of the Nigeria Union of Journalists also congratulated the honourable commissioner for social welfare and rehabilitation, Inime Chinwenwo Aguma for the feat.

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The association believes that the safe home will provide shelter, health and educational support to victims of sexual and other forms of violence, as well as increase access to justice.

 

This facility is poised to provide institutional support to the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law of Rivers State No. 4 of 2020, the Rivers State Child Right Law 2009 and other related laws.

 

The organsiation, duly represented by her Chairperson, Mrs Susan Serekara-Nwikhana, Vice, Daba Benebo, Secretary, Ngozi Anosike and Financial Secretary, Anita Ogona, stressed that the newly commissioned safe home will reinvigorate the fight against all forms of abuses, mostly against women and girls.

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NAWOJ also bemoaned the increase in cases related to sexual abuse. The organisation while berating perpetrators of this inhuman crime, also encouraged victims to seek justice.

 

It further called for more strengthened actions by the government through more investment in women and girls, as well as appealing to security operatives in the state to ensure that anyone found guilty of sexually abusing another should be made to face the full wrath of the law.

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