By Lucy Anyim
The wife of the Ebonyi State Governor, Mrs. Rachel Ogonna Umahi has reiterated her commitment to protecting the rights of the people especially the downtrodden.
She stated this when the Officials of National Human Right Commission paid her a courtesy call at Government House, Abakaliki.
Mrs. Umahi who was represented by the SA to the Governor, Engr. Mrs. Stephanie Chima Ekumankama, she enumerated the efforts made by Her Excellency to fight for the welfare of Ebonyi people and expressed her readiness to partner with the commission to reduce cases of human rights violation.
According to her, “Every now and then, we fight cases, especially for indigent people. People that can’t speak for themselves. You see the big one wants to marginalize the small one for no good reason.
We always have cases of abuses like over 30 years old man molesting and abusing a minor, a child of 2 months, three months and so on.
We have several of such cases that are being handled by Office of Her Excellency”.
The Governor’s wife explained that she made sure that Ebonyi became one of the few states in Nigeria to domesticate Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law in order to fight injustice as well as eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and other obnoxious practices against women and children.
Earlier, the State Coordinator, National Human Right Commission, Mr. Christopher Okorie disclosed that the Federal Agency established in the State in March this year was charged with the responsibility of promoting, protecting and enforcing the rights of the citizens in the country.
He said that they came to collaborate with Family Succor and Upliftment Foundation to curb gender-based violence such as harmful widowhood cultural practices, FGM and education in public schools to ensure judicious use of the money government put in the system so as to close the gap between private and public schools in terms of academic excellence.
He said, “Concerning gender-based violence, we are here to see how we can collaborate in that area, how do we take care of that? This gender-based violence includes domestic violence, violence against women from the aspect of culture or harmful cultural practices like some obnoxious widowhood practices where women are subjected to unnecessary conditions just because their husbands died Double jeopardy.
A woman is mourning her husband’s death, coupled with that, you are also putting another psychological torture on her that she might be responsible for the death of the husband and also deny her a lot of her rights that should help her start-up somewhere to take care of her family”.
Mr. Okorie who described women as the foundation of every home commended Mrs. Umahi for touching the lives of women positively through her sensitization and empowerment during the flag-off of 2019 August meeting in the three senatorial zones of the State.