By Anayo Okoliumuahia
THE Federal Commissioner representing Abia State at the National Population Commission [NPC], Dr. Sam Ahaiwe Friday lamented the increasing rate of sexual abuse in the country and recommended a minimum penalty of 10 years jail term for offenders.
The 10 years jail term, he said, would be without any option of fine, which according to him would serve as a deterrent to people.
According to Ahaiwe, who spoke yesterday in Umuahia at a ceremony to mark 2013 World Population Day said that the present punishment of two years jail term was not good enough and cannot teach offenders any lesson.
The Population Commissioner believed that “very little is done to address sexual abuse in Nigeria despite high rates of occurrence”.
He said that drastic measures needed to be taken to tackle the menace of sexual abuse in the country to curb the rate at which it occurs.
Talking on the 2013 theme, “Teenage Pregnancy”, Ahaiwe who also read the speech of the Commission’s Chairman, Eze Festus Odumegwu, said that World Health Organisation [WHO] statistics showed that teenage pregnancy has been on the increase in Nigeria and other African countries.