By Chinedu Adonu
CHAIRMAN of the newly inaugurated Police Service Commission, PSC, Mr. Musiliu Smith has applauded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for the support and assistance his administration has been giving the Nigerian Police Force in the state to effectively discharge its duties.
Mr. Smith stated that the governor’s supportive role to the police has resulted to “a considerable drop in crime rate in this state”, adding that it has also gone a long way in lifting the moral of the officers and men of the force, ensuring positive results.
The former Inspector General of Police, who spoke through the Commissioner representing the South-South geopolitical zone in the Commission, Hon. Austin Braimoh, during a courtesy visit to the Government House, Enugu, told Gov. Ugwuanyi that “the Police Service Commission has been informed of your generous efforts and assistance”.
The chairman applauded the governor ”for accepting to set up operational offices for our zonal operations”, disclosing that it would ensure effective control of the community policing in the state.
He maintained that it was because of the governorfs huge investment in security that Enugu has become one of the most secure and peaceful states in the country.
In his remarks, the Chairman, House Committee on Health, Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Hon. Oliver Osi described the practice of Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting as man’s inhumanity to man that requires urgent attention and continuous advocacies, especially at the rural level in the State.
Osi who condemned the age long practice in the State in strong terms called on traditional rulers, parents and rural dwellers to resist and desist from the practice as there were no emotional or physiological benefits in such practice to the women in our society.
“This practice is obnoxious and barbaric. It is man’s inhumanity to man. This is the custom that we inherited but I am sure if our forefathers come out from the grave, they will be surprised that FGM is still a practice”.
In a paper presentation titled: Overview of Reproductive Health, Women Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Dr. Agboeze Joseph described reproductive health as a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely in the absence of disease or disorder of the reproductive process.
Joseph who listed the traditional harmful practices to include FGM/C, early marriage, widowhood rites and widows right infringement and female disinheritance stressed the need for the ugly trend to be reversed for the betterment of the south East zone of the country.