The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the National Council of Arts and Culture (NCAC) have resolved together to tackle the threat of rape in Nigeria.
This resolution was made by NCAC Director General Otunba Segundo Runsewe and NTA Director General Mallam Yakubu ibn Mohammed when the head of NCAC paid a courtesy visit to his counterpart at NTA headquarters in Abuja.
Runsewe said that NTA’s efforts on rape problems in Nigeria have dramatically reduced rape cases as indicated by statistics from other states in the federation.
He added that the sustained dissemination of information and the condemnation of rape by the NTA has contributed greatly to sensitizing rape victims and their families about what to do and who to complain to when they are raped.
Runsewe said that as a custodian of culture in Nigeria and Africa, he knows that no aspect of Nigerian or African customs or traditions endorses rape and as such will endorse any institution that is ready to fight rape and rapists in Nigeria.
According to Runsewe, he finds the NTA a formidable ally in raising awareness among Nigerians about the dangers of rape and the consequences of rape for victims. He added that his organization firmly believes that NTA and NCAC can form the much-needed synergy to combat the scourge.
The Director General of NTA affirmed his support for the federal government in eradicating the scourge of banditry, kidnapping and rape, stated that NTA has decided to be at the forefront of the fight against rapists and other social vices in Nigeria.
Mallam Mohammed added that the acronym “STAR” – Stand Against Rape has already been adopted to fight this social vice.
According to Mohammed, NTA is happy that Runsewe will join forces with them to fight the threat of rape that is fast becoming a pandemic because he knows that whatever Runsewe puts his hand in, he does so with all sincerity of purpose.
Mohammed concluded that rape is a pandemic that must be addressed with all determination. He vowed to do everything possible to fight rape and rapists to ensure that rape is minimized in Nigeria.
The highlight of the courtesy visit was the inauguration of a joint planning committee to produce a working document for both organizations after the exchange of gifts from both heads of agencies.