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 Alarming Rate Of Girl Child, Women Violations, Civil Rights Council Takes Advocacy/ Sensitization To Diobu, Bori
August 2, 2022

Alarming Rate Of Girl Child, Women Violations, Civil Rights Council Takes Advocacy/ Sensitization To Diobu, Bori

On the 28th and 30th of July, 2022, the Civil Rights Council held a public sensitization program on the rights of women and the girl child in the suburban and rural areas in Rivers State. The essence of the sensitization program which held at the social Development Integrated Centre community office at 78 Uruala Street, Diobu, Port Harcourt was in response to the many cases of violations of women and the girl child rights which runs foul of Nigerian legislations, particularly the Child’s Right Act and the Violence Against Person’s Act, even the Criminal Code, Penal Code and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended

Arochukwu Paul Ogbonna lecturing during the sensitization program held at social Development Integrated Centre community office at 78 Uruala Street, Diobu, Port Harcourt.

Speaking at the event, Comrade Arinze Akupue (Chairman, Rivers State Civil Rights Council) reminded the community that the government had made many legislations to further protect and reinforce their constitutional rights and therefore, the onus is on them to take proactive actions as individuals and as a community to enforce those rights through the various institutions of state set up to handle right violations and the law courts whenever infractions occur. It is pathetic that the violence against women in our society is becoming unbearable as the number of deaths occurring as a result of domestic violence is on the increase in recent times he said. This, he further stated is often promoted by a culture of silence and sustained by a patriarchal society that emphasizes women as second-class citizens or often treat both women and children as properties and this has to stop with our collective advocacy and clamor for change.
Also speaking during the program, in his opening statement, the program officer, Arochukwu Paul Ogbonna Esq. admonished the community people that only through confronting violations legally and insisting that individuals within the community who are serial offenders and violators of the law especially in cases of child defilement and domestic violence are punished as this would put a stop to such menace. He stated that cases of violation of the rights of children especially rape, child marriage, which seems to have the backing of religion and culture, child labour, lack of access to education, child battering an assault and the use of children for begging and commercial sex-work is an everyday occurrence in our society and must stop through our collective advocacy and campaign to save the weak and vulnerable in our society especially as members of Civil Rights Council.

On a related development, the Civil Rights Council units in Bori covering Eleme, Khana and Gokana Local Government Areas on the 30th of July, 2022 also held a public sensitization program on the Electoral Act 2022. The sensitization program focused on what citizens should know which are innovations and improvements on the New Law. The activity became necessary in the countdown to the 2023 general election and the need for the citizens, especially in the rural areas to seize the moment to prepare to make informed choices through the ballot.

The program which was held in Bori had community people from various villages in attendance. Speaking to attendees, the President, Bori Civil Rights Council, Comrade Dumka, emphasized that the activity is coming at a very auspicious time when political activities and politicians are about to start their campaigns. He maintained that knowledge of the principal law governing the electoral processes and transition program in Nigeria is vital if the citizens will not fall prey to the maneuvering and corruption that has characterized elections in Nigeria in years past. Mores, the guest lecturer Mr. Frank Nornubari informed the participants that the law is meant to be observed by the citizens through enforcement and to ensure that those given responsibilities under the act carry it out as he took participants on on sections of the Elctoral Act, 2022 that deals with Electoral offences. While Mr. Charles Obiora spoke on sections of the Electoral Act, 2022 that covered conducts of political parties, before and after elections in Nigeria.
In his contribution to the discussion, the program officer, Arochukwu Paul Ogbonna Esq., maintained that it is only through the knowledge of the law and the practice of same can citizens hold political and state actors accountable and thus sanitize the political system. The sensitization program is among the series of activities which the Civil Rights Council intends to engage the citizens with henceforth until the end of the electioneering

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