Nigeria: War Against Prostitution Has My Full Support - Olubolade

Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade (Rtd) has said that the war waged against commercial sex workers in the FCT by the FCT administration is worthy of commendation and has thrown his weight behind the war. 

Captain Olubolade who said the girls of easy virtues should busy themselves in other productive ventures however noted that his approach to the ban on prostitution would not be war with the girls. 

The Minister who supervises the FCT Social Development Secretariat, which is championing the war against prostitution in Abuja, said "I will take a step that will ensure that they will be busy doing something else and not be at war with them. I will just urge them to do something else and assist them as much as possible so that they can lead a better and happier life". 

Captain Olubolade who was reacting to questions from journalists at a public function recently added that the girls should not see themselves as hawkers who must eke out a living on the streets but rather should get skills that would enable them get empowered and make a better living. 

His words: "I will just urge them to do something else and assist them as much as possible so that they can lead a happier life. I will not encourage them to be on the street because they are not hawkers. I will encourage them to have skills that will enable them get empowered and make a better living". 

On the forthcoming 2011 general elections, the Minister said that youths in the country have a role to play to ensure that the election is free and fair and do not allow themselves to be used as agents to cause violence. 

"The youths have their role to play in the 2011 elections. The usual thing we preach is that the election must be free and fair and Mr. President has said that many times. What is needed now is for the youth to get involved and make sure they are not used for violence because they still have their life to live and we are not going to shed blood in this election, it will not be a do or die matter. They should partake and show interest in the affairs of their country. They should play a role that will ensure that the election is truly free and fair". He said. 

Leadership, 2010.08.30, Catherine Agbo