The wife of Ekiti State Governor, Bisi Fayemi, who is known for preaching against female genital mutilation, has noted that the state government won’t hesitate to arrest female genital mutilators in the state.
Erelu Fayemi in her statement claimed that the act 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.
The Ekiti first lady urged parents in the state to always monitor the activities of their female children and wards to reduce the incident of rape and defilement that are on the increase in the state.
He added that the ‘operation keep girls in school’ policy of Governor Kayode Fayemi’s government, has reduced ladies getting pregnant while in school.
Erelu Fayemi stated this while speaking on Tuesday during her advocacy tour and empowerment programme for women in Ekiti West, Efon, Ijero and Ido-Osi local government areas of the state.
The Ekiti first lady 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 another ill against girl child and women.”
“The state Gender-Based Violence(GVB) and Child right laws have been amended. Punishment for rape is no longer 5 -year jail term but life imprisonment. Whoever makes an 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 the 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”.
The Ekiti State Governor’s wife also called on women in the state against maltreating their husbands, she stated that the law would also punish women found guilty of this offence.
“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.