Nigeria’s Women Affairs minister, Pauline Tallen, Friday said that the Sex Offender Register would be fully implemented to protect girls and women from sexual abuse.
She gave this assurance when she took a tour of the The National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Concise News understands that the minister, who decried the rising cases of women abuse in the country, also held an interactive session with members of staff of the centre.
“The sex Offender’s Register would be strictly implemented; any sex offender that is found wanting will face the wrath of the law,” she said.
“I commend the Ministry of Education because the step taken is a clear warning that any professor, lecturer or person that messes around with the life of any girl he would be severely dealt with.’’
But she assured the centre of the ministry’s support.
On her part, the Director General, NCWD, Mary Ekpere-Eta, said the centre was set to establish zonal training centres in all the six-geopolitical zones to it build the capacity of rural women in the country.
She said, “The Federal Government has properties all over the federation, some are not being used; so we are searching for such properties, we will just renovate and take off from there.
“The Zonal Offices will be supervising the women centres in the 774 local government areas in the country because there is no adequate supervision; most of them are not meeting up with their mandates.
“But when you have these zonal offices, it will be easy to get to the women in the grassroots.
“So instead of bringing them down to Abuja, we will assemble them in the zones or the zonal officers can just go to the local governments to do the training, which will be cheaper, easier to monitor and supervise.’’