OrderPaperToday– The House of Representatives Committee on Women In Parliament has announced a proposed collaboration with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to create a special Anti-Rape Unit to clamp down on rapists.
Chairperson of the committee, Mrs. Taiwo Oluga (APC-Osun), made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on a “Women Week” Conference scheduled to hold on November 24th, this year.
She stated, “We (the Committee) are even proposing that the penalty for rape. By the time we finish with the motion and the Bill, it will be difficult for any man to commit rape because it is very sad the way it is going.
“Infact, I would like that death should be the penalty of any man that tries to rape,” she said.
She also explained further that the NSCDC Anti-Rape Unit collaboration is being conceived to curb incessant occurrences of rape in the country.
“The rate at which our girls are being ridiculed, molested, is saddening.
Since I came on board, I have made some steps, which I will like you to know. For example, I have been able to speak to the commandant of Nigerian Civil Defence Corps that I want him to work with our office, Women In Parliament, that we would like them to create a unit for us, and what will that unit be? It will be called Anti-Rape Unit,” she stressed.
The lawmaker also decried what she referred to as the dismal 2020 budget allocation to the Ministry of Women Affairs.
Though she acknowledged efforts of the government towards the upliftment of the gender, she demanded that more attention be paid to the well-being of womenfolk and called on relevant committees of the National Assembly to improve on the allocation for women in 2020.
The legislator also eevealed that efforts are underway by women groups to push for more women in state and federal parliaments in the next dispensation.