Wife of the Ogun state Governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun has blamed the incessant rape and drug addiction cases in the society on poor parenting and bad upbringing.
Mrs. Abiodun admonished parents to be more alive to their responsibility of inculcating right moral values and virtues in their children, when she joined other stakeholders for a roundtable discussion to mark this year’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking, with the theme “The Effect of Drug Abuse on the Increasing Rate of Rape in the Society” held at the Oba’s Complex, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.
Wife of the Governor, who was represented by the Director of Public Relations, ADRON Homes and Properties Limited, Barrister Oluwakemi Osude-Laniyan lamented the high rate of rape and killings of girls and babies in the society noted that a large percentage of such incidents were facilitated by drug abuse and addiction.
She urged parents to train up their children on the need to respect humanity and have a responsibility of respecting and protecting fellow humans irrespective of sex encouraging parents to also be close to their children in order to have their confidence.
Mrs. Abiodun urged parents, guardians, religious leaders and all to give psychological, emotional and moral support to victims of rape in order to erase the societal misconceptions that had made many victims to be silent in recent years.
She therefore called on the media and law enforcement agencies to support the fight against this menace by giving full cooperation in the investigation of rape cases brought to their notice.
The Chairman, Ogun State Drug Control Committee and Director, Pharmaceutical Services, Ministry of Health, Pharmacist Olufemi Fafiolu in his welcome address said the problem of drug abuse and misuse was fast becoming a threat to security in the society.
He stated that 70% of crime that include armed robbery, rape, cultism among others could be traced to the abuse or misuse of one drug or the other.
Pharmacist Fafiolu reiterated the committee’s continued commitment to sensitizing the public particularly the youths on the dangers inherent in drug abuse calling on stakeholders and the media to join in the fight against the menace.
Stakeholders at the event unanimously called on government to enforce laws regarding rape, ensure equality in justice and admonished parents to safeguard their children.