NICO holds virtual conference against rape in Nigeria

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THE National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) has concluded plans for a virtual conference to develop solutions against cases of rape in the country.

The Acting Executive Secretary of the institute, Mrs Bridget Yerima, made this known in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday.

Yerima said the conference, which was scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 24, at 11:00 a.m would be held via the Zoom platform.

She said that the topic “rape as an anti-culture in contemporary Nigeria” would be discussed.

Yerima added that participants from Nigeria and other parts of the world would make contributions towards finding a lasting solution to tackle the incessant rape cases in the country.

NAN recalls that in the last few months, there had been reported cases of rape in different parts of the country, a development some Nigerians attributed to recent lockdown occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed sadness over the recent cases of rape in the country.

In his 2020 Democracy Day Speech, Buhari assured Nigerians of his administration’s determination to fight gender-based violence in the country through available resources.

He said: “Nigerian women remain a particular treasure to this Nation and for this reason, this administration has continued to give them a place of pride in the affairs of our country,” he said.

NAN

– June 21, 2020 @ 14:59 GMT |

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