The Executive Chairman of Uruan Local Government Council Hon. (Surv) Iniobong Ekpenyong today, Wednesday February 23, 2022 lent his voice against gender-based violence in the state.
The Chairman said this at the town hall meeting with stakeholders and community leaders of Uyo Federal Constituency on how to generate strategies to end Gender- Based Violence by Her Excellency Dr. Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel at Ifiayong Usuk hall, Uruan Local Government Area.
He said “We are talking of agony of rape. It is a very terrible thing and gender-based violence in the state. As a local government and as a federal constituency we stand here to condemn it in totality. We do not support it”
The Surv. Ekpenyong also made a case for men that are also facing gender-based violence perpetrated by women in the society against them citing a case in time where a woman bathed his husband with acid.
“ When we talk of gender-based violence, it is not only women that are violated by men, men are also victims of violence from women”
Earlier, in his welcome remarks, the chairman thanked Her Excellency for coming to Uruan Local Government Area to sensitize the people of Uyo Federal Constituency and assured Her Excellency of the constituency’s readiness to support her in the fight against GBV.
“ Your Excellency, you have done noble for coming to Uruan Local Government Area to brief the people of Uyo Federal Constituency on the need to unit against gender- based violence. Thank you for bringing the sensitization to the grassroot. Our traditional leaders, our youth and our women have heard you and today we will take this message to our communities” he concluded
Other speakers from Uruan Local Government Area at the occasion were Mr Okon Okon, Chairman AKIRS, The Paramount Ruler of Uruan HRM, Edidem Atakpo (Rt. Hon.) Cosmas Nkanga, , the DPO of Uruan, SP Felix Ekpoudom ,the Youth Leader and others.
The town hall meeting which was chaired by the wife of the Governor of Akwa Ibom State Dr. (Mrs.) Martha Udom Emmanuel was attended by the people of Uruan, Ibesikpo Asutan, Uyo and Nsit Atia Local Government Areas.