SARC Steering Committee visit Borno Radio Television (BRTV)
M.A Ibrahim – Maiduguri
The Sexual Assault and Referral Centre (SARC) Steering Committee in its series of advocacy visit to stakeholders, traditional/religious leader, CSOs and Media houses in Maiduguri the Borno state Capital to create more awareness on the activities of the N3lewa Centre and to discourage sexual assault and sexual violence in the society paid an advocacy visit to the Management of Borno Radio Television (BRTV).
In his address, the chairman of the SARC Steering Committee Alhaji Ali Grema introduced the members of the committee which comprises of the Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Securities and Civil Defense Corp, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of women Affairs, the Media, SWOT Foundation, Kalthum Foundation, Federation of Women Lawyers, Nigerian Bar Association and Traditional leaders.
Alhaji Ali gave a brief history of the N3lewa Centre which was commissioned by the Borno state First Lady Hajiya Nana Kashim Shettima on the 19th of February 2018. He further explain the aim of the visit which was to seek partnership with BRTV which is the leading radio and TV station in the state to help in educating the public on the dangers and harm of sexual assault, sexual violence and cases of rape that is very prevalent in the state and the country at large. He also mentioned that the centre is there to assist the survivors and to ensure prosecution of perpetrators.
The Programme Officer MCN Project of the British Council Mr. Emmanuel Iyaji added that the centre provides a free 24 hours medical and legal service which is managed by trained professionals. He explained that the Centre is being funded by European Union through the British Council.
The General Manager of BRTV Alhaji Adamu Isa Abadam while responding to the demands of the committee commended their work and promised support and to create awareness for the SARC centre. He said all hands should be on deck because this is a serious menace bedeviling the society. Alhaji Adamu called on the police to conduct more of intelligence gathering as they have a very big role to play. He also said there should be more of social media enlightenment and exposure of perpetrators to serve as deterrence to others.
On issues of partnership raised by the committee, the GM explained that there are programs on health matters that is being aired three times a week in English, Hausa and Kanuri and assures the committee of creating space for professional guest speakers to educate the general public on issues of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and how to report and get justice. The GM without wasting time asked the committee to take them to the N3lewa Centre to visit the centre.
On arrival of the management of BRTV at the N3lewa Centre, they were received by the State Team Lead MCN project of the British Council Hajiya Zara Goni, the Chief Medical Director of Umaru Shehu Ultra Modern Hospital Dr Ojewale, the Centre Dr. and manager. The state team lead took them round the centre and the centre Dr explained the procedures on how the centre works.
The committee chairman Alhaji Ali thanked the management of BRTV for sparing time to listen to the committee and their courage to visit the centre, this shows the passion they have for the state and the well being of the general public.