In the quest to achieve a more orderly society through promotion of harmony in family units and reduction in juvenile delinquency, the Ogun State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development says it has reconciled 98 estranged couples with 668 family cases successfully resolved by the Social Development Area Offices domiciled across the State.
The State Commissioner in the Ministry, Mrs. Funmi Efuwape stated this during the 2020 budget assessment session before the members of the State House of Assembly Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development, led by Hon. Sikirat Ajibola.
Efuwape, in company of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Adijat Adeleye-Oladapo, said that the Ministry had continued to promote gender equality through empowerment programmes for socio-economic development, trained 150 women and youth on four different vocations, including catering and decorations, hairdressing, as well as fashion designing, among others, during the 2019/2020 skill acquisition training programmes within the period under review.
She added that the Ministry was putting together strategies towards designing a training programme for teachers on Child Safeguard and Protection Policy, with a view to identifying children and pupils being abused for proper rehabilitation and protection, noting that a total of 253 rehabilitated destitute were reunited with their relatives.
The State lawmakers while commending management of the Ministry for its commitment in promoting a peaceful society, enjoined them to do more of community outreach, sensitization and link up with those undergoing challenges and other gender based violence, for necessary intervention, noting that there was need to ensure a more severe punishment for gender based violence offenders.
Also, the Rector, Gateway Institute of Technology, Igbesa, Dr. Funke Akikurolere and the Acting Rector, D. S Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic, Itori, Kehinde Job-Olatunji, had the budget performance of their institutions appraised by the members of the House Committee on Education, Science and Technology, led by Hon. Adeyemi Ademuyiwa.