The Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye has congratulated women of Osun for their commitment towards making the state a better place and standing against stereotypes of all kind and discrimination on the basis of gender.
The Speaker in a statement by his Media Aide, Mr. Kunle Alabi to mark the International Women’s Day 2021, commended Women for remaining undaunted as they combine the onerous task of protecting their families and the state against the dreaded COVID-19 with their businesses and trades.
Owoeye assured that bills on Violence Against Persons Prohibition and disability bill in Osun will be passed before the end of 2021.
The Speaker stated that the 7th Assembly under his watch will act in consonance with the Violence Against Persons Prohibition and Disability law passed by the National Assembly in 2015 and 2018.
He stressed that, when the laws are replicated in the state, spousal battery, forceful ejection from home, forced financial dependence or economic abuse among others will become punishable offences.
The Speaker called on well meaning organization and Non governmental organization to work in tandem with government institutions and authorities in putting effective measures in place for the full implementation and monitoring of these laws to ensure equal treatment and participation of people with disabilities and prohibit violence against person’s across Nigeria.
He said, “We are also going to work with various MDAs to give more priority to the issue of the girl-child and women in our society.
“Here at the 7th Assembly, we are happy to have two women in our midst; we have given them the needed support and equal opportunity and will continue to do so.
“The takeaway for me for this year’s celebration is the record broken by our own, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, to become the first African and first women Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). It is a historic one which I hope will spur more women into dreaming and achieving the impossible.
“To all women, I wish you a happy celebration and Godspeed in all your endeavors”.