The Federal Government has announced its willingness to implement mobile courts as part of measures to handle incidents of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and other vices in the nation through the Ministry of Women Affairs.
At a conference in Abuja on Monday, the minister of women’s affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye, stated: “If we have a mobile court, it will help as we go for our campaign against SGBV. Without success, we have advocated and spent money.
This was one of the improvements and goals she said she hoped to accomplish in her first 100 days in office.
“When victims report, police will come in for arrest, we will take the victim straight to the hospital to confirm and then the mobile courts come in to ensure justice is served.”
She stressed the need for a different approach to interventions targeting grassroots women. She highlighted the importance of working with women cooperatives to implement empowerment projects that can be sustained by the recipients beyond the initial government support.
“The narrative has changed in this ministry. We have decided to forge ahead with more sustainable moves that will impact our women and children.
“Sanitary towels being given to girls in some schools from time to time is not sustainable; therefore, we have decided that instead of giving them the sanitary towels, we set up sanitary pad production ventures. Sharing gas cylinders to rural women is also not sustainable; the ministry is concerned about who refills the gas stove for the rural woman after the first refill. We have decided to, instead, give them charcoal burners and biogas stoves among others,” she noted.
The minister reaffirmed the government’s support for Nigerian women, including girls and boys, in a meeting with leaders of the students’ union that took place outside of the briefing. She also emphasised her support for justice in any case of sexual harassment in the nation.