Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the Bayelsa State commissioner for Information and Orientation, wants perpetrators of child molestation named and shamed
DANIEL Iworiso-Markson, the Bayelsa State commissioner for Information and Orientation, has charged members of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR, to join the campaign against child molestation.
According to him, the NIPR as a reputable organisation, could attract more attention to the growing cases of the menace, especially by pedophiles which the state government and other well meaning groups are trying to put an end to.
Iworiso-Markson spoke in Yenagoa, capital of the state, during the monthly meeting of the NIPR, Bayelsa State chapter, which also had in attendance Dise Ogbise-Erhisere, the chairperson of the state chapter of the Federation of International Women Lawyers, FIDA.
Surprised by the presentation of the FIDA chair on child molestation, the commissioner said that the figures reeled out by her was alarming and maintained that more work still needed to be done to make the girl child safer around her community.
He said rather than treat pedophiles with kid gloves, the time had come for them to be named and shamed which would help send a strong signal to others with such despicable desire.
“As an institution of repute, the NIPR needs to collaborate with groups like FIDA to intensify campaign against cases of rape and other forms of child molestation in our society. I am very worried having listened to the chilling revelations by the FIDA chairperson.
“The government is also doing a lot to protect our children. For me, we need to move to the level where we will name and shame these culprits because they deserve such public hostility. We cannot continue to watch pedophiles destroy the future of our children,” he said.
Iworiso-Markson also appealed to members of the NIPR to be more committed and assured that he will continue to attend the monthly meeting of the Institute as long as his schedule permits him.
In her special presentation, Ogbise-Erhisere had listed some of the recent cases of molestation which is currently in court and thanked Rachel Dickson, the first lady, for her support as well as her call for prosecution of all offenders.
Earlier, Sheriff Hussain Enebi, chairman of the state chapter of the NIPR, had informed members of the need to attend the forthcoming Annual General Meeting, AGM, in Abia State next month.
– Mar. 24, 2018 @ 4:00 GMT |