Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has brought the campaign against the abuse of women and the girl-child to Ikorodu Local Government. The first lady was ably represented by wife of the Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mrs Onigbanjo.
The team first point of call was the Ayangburen Palace, where the message of the first lady on ‘Building A Domestic & Sexual Violence Free Community’ was relayed to the Ayangburen of Ikorodu and other stakeholders in attendance.
Mrs Sawo-Olu was unequivocal in condemning the twin acts of domestic violence and sexual abuse against the women folk, calling on the traditional institution and the local government to join her in reducing the incidences to the barest minimum in Lagos State.
In his welcome address, the Executive Chairman of Ikorodu local government, Hon Wasiu Adeshina vowed to support the campaign by complimenting the efforts of the first lady.
‘The message to all of us is to stop the attack on women. We must stop all domestic violent and sexual abuses against women. The issues of rape and other similar ill-treatment of women must stop. Women are our jewel of inestimable values and we must regard and treat them as such. My mother is a woman, my wife is a woman and I have female children who will one day grow to become women too’, he stated.
Adeshina also vowed to compliment the efforts of the First Lady by providing free legal services to victims of abuses and violent treatments the legal department of the local government.
Earlier in his remarks, the Ayagnburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabir Adewale Shotobi promised the first lady of the support of the Ikorodu traditional institution towards taking the campaign for a domestic & sexual violence-free community to the Ikorodu neighbourhoods.
The monarch added that, as a father of female children, he would not stand by and watch women being abused or attacked in his domain.
Oba Shotobi later led the team, in company of the local government chairman, Hon Wasiu Adeshina to unveil a commemorative sign-post with the message, ‘Building A Domestic & Sexual Violence Free Community’ at the Ita-Elewa junction, by Ojogbe for the benefit of members of the general public.