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Rapists & Wife beaters to Face Life Sentence in Ekiti State

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Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State

The Ekiti State Government on Monday announced that rapists and wife beaters now face life sentence.

The Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Information, Youth and Sports Development, Kola Ajumobi, said this at a public enlightenment forum in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

Ajumobi also announced an increase in the maternity leave period for women in its public service from 12 weeks to 16 weeks.

He said that the gesture was approved by the state governor, Mr Ayodele  Fayose, as part of his display of love and special regard for the womenfolk in the state.

He said it was also aimed at encouraging exclusive breastfeeding for newly born children in the first six months of birth.

It is also meant to promote good nutrition for both mothers and their newborn children, he said.

Ajumobi said that nursing mothers would, in addition to the four months, be granted two hours’ off duty everyday for a period of six months from the date they resumed from maternity leave.

According to him, the commitment of the Fayose-led administration to the reduction in mothers and children’s mortality and morbidity rate to the barest minimum remains sacrosanct.

Ajumobi said the crèche at the state secretariat had also been invigorated to boost bonding between mothers and their children during official working hours without undue hindrance to performance and efficiency at the workplace.

The permanent secretary lamented that lack of good nutrition; poverty, hunger as well as lack of access to economic and political empowerment had largely contributed to high maternal and child mortality.

He, however, noted that the present administration in the state would continue to roll out various palliative packages exclusively for women to empower and guard them from avoidable travails.

Ajumobi said such measures already in existence include the provision of N500m as revolving soft-loan to promote small and medium Enterprises driven by women.

Also, women farmers were being supported with various incentives, he said.

According to him, government has also encouraged women’s access to political power.

Harmful traditional practices to woman’s nutritional and sexual reproductive health, such as widowhood rites and inheritance had become criminal offences in the state, he said.

12 Comments

  1. Gigi

    April 18, 2017 at 12:29 am

    It has just begun. God bless you ♡

    • Deeee

      April 18, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      Yes oh!!!! Many GBOSAS and TWALE for you sir!!!!!

  2. john

    April 18, 2017 at 7:57 am

    oga go and pay salaries..trust any politicians at your own peril..always propaganda and deflection for them..if you look futher, dont be suprised he beats his wife too

    • just passing

      April 18, 2017 at 8:24 am

      @ John???
      Do you know whom Ayo Fayose is?
      Welcome stranger. Sit down and learn…….

  3. Cee

    April 18, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Best news ever

  4. Jo

    April 18, 2017 at 10:28 am

    While the news about the life sentences to be imposed on rapists and wife beaters is welcome, this article sheds little light on how this is to be achieved neither did the Permanent Secretary elaborate on same. Was a law passed to this effect? This is because sentences to be imposed on persons convicted of rape and wife battery would have to be in accordance with laws and not pronouncements.

  5. Tolulope

    April 18, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Nice one. I also hope this will stop him from beating his wife anymore.

  6. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    April 18, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    I am not against jail terms for a wife or an husband beater Life sentence is totally ridiculous, barbaric and outrageous. This law is unconstitutional because it addressed only one side of domestic violence. This law did not address the husband beaters and the consequences of their action under the law. Ekiti State people does not need this one sided law. Governor Ayodele Fayose and his amnesia suffering legislatures has just passed.. What is good for the geese is also good for the gander.. . Yes, We need laws to address domestic violence issues . Not a half baked law which clearly ignored the concerns and rights of others A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

    • Deeee

      April 18, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      The point sir/ma, is that it puts fear in them NOT TO DO IT. So when you weigh the consequences, one is better off just living in peace with his own wife…hope this really helps and stop all this marital abuse from all angle…even the women too.

      Oh yes some women beats their husbands oh. Abuse is abuse.

  7. Sherri

    April 19, 2017 at 3:01 am

    He’s going to need to build a lot of prisons!

  8. Meg

    April 19, 2017 at 3:44 am

    What of husband beaters? I guess any woman who beats her husband is entitled to 20 million naira prize.

  9. Wow

    April 19, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Does this mean Kemen and Christopher Idowu will be locked away for life????

    Very welcome development!!!?

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