GBV: Kebbi state government condemns increase in rape cases
The Kebbi State Government has expressed concern over rising incidents of rape and revealed that 39 cases were recorded within six months alone. This was made disclosed by the wife of the governor, Hajiya Zainab Nasiru-Idris, when officials of the National Union of Kebbi State Students and the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Kebbi chapter, paid her a courtesy visit in Birnin Kebbi.
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The governor’s wife described the figure as alarming, noting that rape remained an ugly trend in Gender Based-Violence cases and that the state needs the support and cooperation of all to eliminate it. She urged the state government to take appropriate measures to reduce the menace and punish offenders.
Also, the governor’s wife expressed concern over the number of out-of-school children in the state and urged parents to live up to their moral and religious responsibilities and to support the government in providing quality education for their children.
According to her, lack of access to quality education is among the reasons young people go into banditry, kidnapping and engage in other social ills. She promised that the state government would ensure that students learn skills and trades to become self-reliant and stay away from social vices. While assuring that she would come up with a programme to tackle some of the social challenges, Nasiru-Idris, charged students to join hands with her to create awareness on hygiene and GBV.
Earlier, Muhammad-Maikurata, from the Ministry of Women Affairs revealed that 39 rape cases were recorded between January and June, regretting that GBV had become rampant across the state. She charged the students to be vigilant, and assist in exposing any case with a view to putting an end to the menace.