The members of the NAS, Led by the Deck Capoon, Mr Femi Folaranmi, in collaboration with members of the Legal Aid Council and Save Our Future Club (SOFC), had on Saturday staged a peaceful March in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital against rape, molestation and abuse of the child. The NAS members, armed with a large banner of its awareness programme and placards with inscriptions such as ‘Stop Child Abuse’ ‘Give voice to the children’ ‘Let us stand up against child molestation’ marched across the Melford Okilo Expressway to the Ekeki park distributing flyers. Commenting on the development, the coordinator of the Legal Aid Council in Bayelsa State, Mr Ajibo Ndubusi Sunday, said the initiative by NAS was good because it would create the needed awareness to fight the menace in the society. According to him many Bayelsans need to know the steps to be taken to ensure that perpetrators of such crime are punished in line with the laws of the land. He said NAS has shown that it is ready to work with Legal Aid and other organizations to fight the menace in Bayelsa society. “As you know the Legal Aid is the leading proactive quality provider of free legal services to the indigent members of the society especially those vulnerable. This cankerworm that is downgrading Bayelsa state and Nigeria must stop.” “The frequency of rape is high in Bayelsa state. It comes every week and we are seeing it. FIDA and the state government are trying but we commend this organization (NAS) for this laudable initiative. Bayelsans would know where to report when they have cases of rape and they can know that this organization must take up their case” The coordinator of SOFC, Mrs Bolatito Folaranmi, also commended NAS for organizing the Street March to create awareness for people to put a stop to the violence in Bayelsa State. “This is very important as it would go a long way to put a stop to violence against children that is going on everyday in Bayelsa state. The focus is on girls but boys are also being molested and abused. This March would create the necessary awareness on how to report and where to report to when your child is molested. It would also go to show perpetrators that people are determined to get them punished.” Folaranmi in his remarks said the organization after conducting several free medical outreaches programme in the state wants to drive the advocacy against child rape, abuse and molestation in line with the Street Child project under the leadership of the International President, Mr Arthur Boje Esq. According to him the Bayelsa state government has done well by enacting the Child Rights Law noting however that perpetrators of crime against children especially defilement are punished. He disclosed that the organization is going to make available a pool of funds available to the Legal Aid Council to assist it in its Pro Bono services, adding that its members that are lawyers and Medical Doctors would be drafted to provide the necessary assistance to get suspects convicted.]]>