Public Hearing on Bill for a Law to Provide Compulsory Medical Treatment and Care for Child victims of Sexual violence by the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly violence has been held in Uyo
The Bill which has the Deputy Speaker Princess Bassey who is one of the lead sponsor is sequel to gory accounts of Sexual violation especially minors and the vulnerable members of the Society.
This according to her would help the victim’s access medical treatment and Justice.
She frowned at the increasing incident of Sexual abuse and the Trauma as well as risk of infection on the abused child.
Princess Bassey who represented the speaker Rt Hon Aniekan Bassey at the Event , Called on the stakeholders to give inputs that would Aide the institutionalization of the Legal framework that would mitigate issues of Sexual violation of minors and other Gender based violation.and free medical treatment for the victims.
Commissioner for Women Affairs Dr Ini Adiakpan applauded the House of Assembly for organizing the public Hearing and thanked the State Governor for establishing Centers for the rehabilitation of Sexually Abused persons.
She also lauded the wife of the Governor Dr. Martha Udom Emmanuel for championing the cause of Children and the vulnerable members of the Society.
She said over 60 convictions on Rape cases have been recorded and many are serving various terms of improvement.
She advocated for stiffer penalties and a restitution to the victims
Dr Adiakpan called on members of the Society the cooperate and exterminate Gender based violence especially Rape to safe the Society, while treatment should be made free to victims.
The Chairman on the occasion, Justice Theresa Obot frowned at the alarming incidents of sexual violence and thanked the state government for the approval for the Agape center at Eket and other centers for the treatment of the victims.
The state Attorney General, Uko Essien udo -SAN represented by a director prosecution Emem Ette Esq. Said that the ministry is committed to ensure that Rape victims receive justice and the perpetrators punished.
She said that the Bill would enhance effective justice delivery.
The Chairman N.u.j comrade Amos Etuk and chairman NAWOJ Comrade Uduak Ekong pledged to partner with the Government and it’s relevant Agencies to address the issues of Sexual violation and Gender based violence.
Other presenters at the Public Hearing include Justice Philomena Etim retired,Dr Nsekpong .Dr Marigold Etokebe and a medical practitioner Dr Michael Ukpe and Esther Nta of Akwa Ibom Female youths