Oyo State Government, South Western Nigeria, has condemned the increasing cases of rape, child trafficking, child abuse and incest that are constantly reported in the news in the State.
The State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Barrister Adeniyi Farinto,decried the situation at the final leg of a training organised for selected Permanent Secretaries in the State, to achieve optimal results in planning against challenges facing women and children in the society.
At the training held in Ibadan over the weekend, Farinto hinted that the focus was on the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration’s major thrust of governance, which are: Security, Health, Education and the Economy, which he said would be anchored on agribusiness.
He added that the State government was generating data that would help in formulating policies for proper planning in those areas.
The Commissioner said the event would foster more interest on issues relating to the welfare of women in the areas of health, security, child’s rights and rape and incest, among other social vices that directly affect the womenfolk and children.
It is also geared towards making policies that affect women and child survival because they are soft targets and are the most vulnerable in the society.
He stated; “As you can see that women are at the receiving end, thus the need to have a clear understanding of the key challenges affecting them for sustainable and equitable solutions.
“The exercise is meant to promote and contribute to the building of progressively stronger evidence, based on the current state of the rights of children by improving the understanding of decision makers, supporting planning and development process, strengthening capacity to monitor, contributing to research and increasing the knowledge base to enable assessment.”
He restated Governor Seyi Makinde’s commitment to focusing on impactful projects that would improve the welfare of the citizens, adding that one of such evidences was the approval to commence the development of a 20-year long-term development plan that would run from 2021 to 2041, based on the aspirations and the desires of the people.
He maintained that the plan would provide a sense of direction, geared towards identifying challenges and proffering sustainable solutions through a participatory approach.
He also promised that the State government would mainstream the aspirations of the data document into the State development plan and other medium-term plans at both the State and Local Government levels.
The Chairman of the Committee to implement the plan and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Budget and Planning, Mrs Mofoluke Adebiyi, said the essence of the data document was to create a baseline for issues relating to women and children in line with UNICEF’s plan.
She said the expectations from the data gathered was to evaluate where the State currently stood, so as to plan data for women and children, as they were the ones that indicate the wellness of the society.
Source: Voice of Nigeria