By Daniel Tyokua
Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has thumped up for the Federal Capital Territory Administration‘s stance on the quick action against sexual assault allegedly carried out by some teachers of FCT School for the Blind, Jabi.
FCT Permanent Secretary Sir Chineayaka Ohaa, had suspended two male teachers of the school reported to be involved in unholy touch of the blind female students.
Ohaa ordered the staff to leave the school when he paid an unscheduled visit to the school following reports of incidences of sexual harassment of some female students by teachers.
He directed the immediate suspension of Mr. Ilo Chukwuma and Ebenezer Olateju, pending the conclusion of investigations on the matter.
Buhari’s wife endorsement of the FCTA action was made known in her twitter handle, describing the alleged act of the teachers as disheartening, #Say No to Rape. This is disheartening; justice must be served, thanks to FCT Permanent Secretary for quick action, rape shouldn’t be taken lightly”. She said.
Ohaa directed that Chukwuma who was accommodated in the school residential quarters, should vacate the school with immediate effect, stressing that both teachers should stay clear of the school premises as investigations continue.
He further directed the Director of Security Services in the FCTA, Mr. Adamu Gwari to ensure full compliance and implementation of the directive.
According to him, “While we are working round the clock to give every physically challenged student the best of education, we cannot have incidences as this to mar our progress and achievements”
Similarly, the FCT permanent secretary while declaring open the two-day inception workshop to launch the EU-UN joint Spotlight Initiative in the FCT at the weekend, said the worst form of violence is against the vulnerable in the society, mostly women and girls, saying the administration would not tolerate it.
A statement issued by FCTA chief press secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, described the Spotlight Initiative as a new global multi -year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls, explaining that it was so named because “it brings focused attention to this issue and efforts to achieve gender equality and women empowerment”.
It said the Initiative was timely, apt and in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adding that the six pilot states identified for the take-off of the programme in the six geopolitical zone and the FCT, is a welcome spread that would achieve a balanced intervention across the zones and thereafter replicated in all states of the federation.
The EU-UN Joint Spotlight Initiative, Sir Ohaa concluded will also, amongst other things, build on and scale up its efforts to eliminate violence against women and girls.