From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State
The Kogi State Commissioner for Women Affair and Social Development, Hajiya Fatima Kabir Buba has disclosed that the ministry is investigating the alleged use of teenage girls for prostitution and sex slavery
Hajiya Buba who made this disclosure at the weekend during a briefing to mark her anniversary in office added that the ministry launched the investigation following reports by Wadata Media Advocacy of an alleged use of teenage girls for prostitution and sex slavery, assuring that those behind the criminal act will be brought to book.
She praised Governor Yahaya Bello for giving women in the state the opportunity to serve in his government.
Briefing journalist on Friday, while marking her one year in office, Hajiya Buba who was highly elated, said her last 365 days in office has been fruitful and eventful.
She maintained that her ministry has been able to impact meaningfully to the society by providing an enabling environment where woman and the girl child are adequately represented in the State.
The Women commissioner in the state averred further that through the effort of Governor Bello and and his wife Hajia Rashidat Bello, the state government has embark on aggressive empowerment programme for women in the state as they now have sense of belonging in government compared to what was obtainable in the past.
Highlighting her achievements in the last one year in office, Hajia Buba noted that her office succeeded in the repatriation of 78 destitute to five northern states in the country.
In addition, the commissioner mentioned that the ministry under the year in review succeeded in repatriating 427 bandits wives and children during the operation nut cracker back to Kaduna, Niger, Oyo, Kwara, Kebbi and Osun respectfully.
The ministry under the commissioner also protested against rape and other sexual assault on women perpetuated by some disgruntled elements in the state.
” We Donated palliatives to 25 orphanages cutting across the local government in Kogi and also donated to NGOs and other women groups.
” We visited an orphan in Abuja under His Excellency’s directives. The ministry donated food items such as rice, Pampers, noodles beverages to mention but a few. A particular abandoned baby called Alice was given these items to celebrate her birthday.
“We also visited many orphanages in Kogi State including( mom’s s orphanage, Ojogbane, Ajaokuta, stagi Orphanage, God’s will Orphanage) as we donated many foodstuffs for the orphanages.
” A case of child abuse where a sister poured hot water on her sister and was charged to court through the ministry of women affairs. This lady was punished severely” She stated.
She however gave the assurance that women in Kogi State will not relent in giving support towards the realisation of the campaign promises of Governor Bello, saying that his presidential ambition was for the interest of Nigeria in general.