The first lady of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has said the state
government would not hesitate to arrest those she described as
“unrepentant ” female genital mutilators (FGM) operating in the Ekiti
Mrs. Fayemi said the unwholesome practice had brought a lot of sexual
damage to women through infectious diseases that destroy body sexual
nerve cells, thereby causing marital crises in many homes.
She also advised parents and guardians to always monitor the
activities of their female children and wards to reduce the scourge of
rape and defilement that are on the increase in the state.
The wife of the governor, who lamented the increasing rate of teenage
pregnancies in the society due to lack of attention, saying ‘operation
keep girls in school’ policy of Governor Kayode Fayemi’s government
has now outlawed expulsion of ladies who got pregnant while in school.
Also at the empowerment programme for women from Ikere, Ise /Orun,
Emure,Gbonyin, Irepodun/Ifelodun and Ekiti/Southwest councils held in
Ikere and Ado Ekiti, respectively, Mrs. Fayemi said the local
practitioners of FGM had surrendered their instruments with a promise
that they will be empowered by government, saying whoever reneges on
the promise will face the penalty.
Items distributed include cash, grinding machines, sowing machines,
hair dryers, cooking gas, coolers and raw foods .
Also present at the event held at Ikere was a vulnerable 100 years old
Mrs. Fayemi adopted mother, Mrs. Jolade Osho, who became the first
lady foster mother when she was abandoned by family.
Mrs. Fayemi said, “We must at all costs stop the menaces of female
genital mutilation, open defecation, domestic violence against women,
child trafficking and rape, defilement and other cruel practices
against girl child and women .
“The State Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Child Right Laws have been
amended. Punishment for rape is no longer 5 years jail term but life
imprisonment. Whoever makes attempt to beg for the release of a rapist
stands being charged for obstruction of justice.
“It is not right for teenagers to engage in sexual relationships. That
is why parents must monitor their female children in school. But any
school girl that got impregnated, with new law will be allowed to
continue her study even with the pregnancy and after delivery she will
still be allowed to continue schooling. Our girls must go to school”.
Mrs. Fayemi also warned women against maltreating or battering their
husbands, saying the GBV law would also punish any woman found
infringing on the rights of man.
“Women should also desist from delivering babies at home or missions,
always go to hospitals. You can observe that women are dying of breast
cancer. Let us observe ourselves very well, even our husbands have a
lot of roles to play in this, they can help us massage the breast and
detect the lumps. It had happened like this in the past when men
turned out to be our Messiahs”, Mrs. Fayemi stated.
Present are the events include, Commissioner for information, Tourism
and Values orientation, Hon. Muyiwa Olumilua, Commissioner for Women
Affairs, Hon. Mojisola Fafure and a host of others.