Lagos - The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has urged Nigeria women to campaign for the establishment of a so-called State Police in the country as a means of ensuring their protection.
The governor pointed out that the challenges of insecurity in the country had stifled women issues in crime management.
Fashola, who spoke at the Eko Hotel and Suites venue of the 14th National Women’s Conference with the theme, “Embracing and Managing Change”, organized by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), said the nation’s policing capacity requirement would never be sufficient to enforce the numerous laws and policies made to protect women and children against abuse without the institution of State Police.
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Recalling that his administration instituted the Child Rights Law, the first in Nigeria, the Criminal Justice Act for pregnant women and made post-partum depression a criminal defence under the State’s law, among other laws for the protection of women and children in the State, Fashola said without sufficient policing capacity, Government can only hope that those entrusted with the enforcement would “act voluntarily”.
Other laws and policies made by the State Government to protect the rights of women and children and promote the rights of women in the State, the Governor said, include Law Against Domestic Violence and Abuse, which led to the establishment of a Transit Home in Alimosho for women and children who were victims of domestic violence.
Lagos also extended the maternity leave for nursing mothers from three months to six months with full pay.
He also recalled the recent historic event in the State Judiciary where a retiring female Chief Judge of the State, Ayo Philips, handed over to her sister, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade as Chief Judge of the State.
"Not only was the incident the first in Nigeria and beyond, it also reflected the significant esteem in which his administration hold women in the state."
- CAJ News