The Osun State governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, on Wednesday said that a maiden edition of Sex and Gender-Based Offender’s Register will soon be opened by the state government.
He said the Register would blacklist offenders and forestall recurrence.
The governor spoke on Wednesday when his wife, Kafayat, led other women including wives of political office holders and government functionaries in the state paid a courtesy visit to him in his office at the Governnent Secretariat along Gbongan road, Osogbo, the state capital.
The governor assured that he would deploy full weight of the law against perpetrators of rape and all other crimes against women and children.
Reiterating his administration’s commitment to the fight against rape, sexual assault and other gender-based violence, he said Osun State has “zero tolerance for anything capable of undermining the human sanctity, dignity and right to life.”
The governor, who described rape and other forms of sexual assault and gender-based violence as crime against God and humanity, also said that his government will strenghten legislations against the ‘heinous acts.’
He said: “Rape and sexual violence against women and children are assuming an unacceptable prevalence rate in the nation. As a responsible government, we roundly condemn this barbarous act in its entirety. Indeed, we have zero tolerance for them. Rape attracts life imprisonment while an attempt to commit the offence will earn the offender upon conviction 14 years imprisonment.
“As part of our zero tolerance resolve, the State is compiling the maiden edition of Sex and Gender-Based Offender’s Register. This Register will among others help to blacklist offenders and forestall recurrence.”
Oyetola appealed to parents, guardians and teachers to counsel their male children, wards and pupils on crimes against women and children just as he advocated massive sensitisation and enlightenment programmes that would help to fight against rape and sexual violence.
The governor also commended his wife for ridding Osun of open defecation, noting that he was glad to hear that Ifedayo Local Government Area of the State had been declared Open Defecation free through her efforts.
Earlier, the Wife of the governor, Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola, hailed the state government for prioritising the welfare and well-being of women and children in the state.
She also acknowledged the support that her office had received from the government in the fight against rape, sexual offenses, open defecation among other societal vices.
Mrs. Oyetola revealed that herself and wives of other Southwest Governors had resolved to continuously wage war against rape by taking vigorous campaign to all the concerned authorities particularly the three arms of government across the region.
Mrs. Oyetola, therefore, sought the continued support of the government and other relevant stakeholders in ensuring a safe and secure environment for women and children in the state.