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|By Amarachi Okam

Federal University of Lafia (FULafia) has established a committee known as the Gender-Based Violence and Gender Discrimination Committee to train both students and staff on sexuality and gender discrimination issues in and around the University.

It would be recalled that FULafia was, recently, awarded the sum of N75 million by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for being the most gender balanced institution in the area of admissions.

In an interview with FULafia Bulletin, the Chairman of the committee who is also the Dean, Faculty of Education, Professor Josephine Odey, said that the establishment of the committee was timely, adding that people need to be educated on gender based and discrimination issues.

Odey lamented that those mostly affected by discrimination in the society included the physically challenged, mentally challenged, adding that those who are homeless suffer problems such as sexual abuse, among others.

She decried the situation where parents focus on female child to the neglect of male child, saying that such attitude often make boys to become wayward and nuisance to society.

She, therefore, called for reorientation of people in society, urging children, especially students of tertiary institutions to resist peer pressures and be of good behaviour.

She said: “we must teach our kids to resist pressures from their friends, they should stay away from indecent behaviours, alcoholism and drugs abuse so that they can live meaningful life and help society to develop.”

Josephine Odey suggested the establishment of gender sensitivity social platforms in Nigeria, saying that if the “platforms are established, the development will lead to reduction in the level of gender based violence in the country.

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