Mrs. Fashola opposes Senate decision to legalise prostitution

LAGOS — Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Abimbola Fashola, Tuesday urged the Senate not to pass a bill before it to legalise prostitution in the country.

It will be recalled that Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, had last week, urged the Senate to consider the possibility of legalising prostitution.

Mrs Fashola, who spoke at a briefing in Lagos, on the forthcoming 11th National Women Conference, between November 15 and 17 said the proposed bill, if it becomes law, will increase moral decadence in the country.

She said: “Prostitution is not dignifying. I see it as the easy way out for people who do not want to think or use their God-given talents to better their lives except their bodies.

“I will not want my child to engage in prostitution. So, we do not want our country to degenerate into a country where prostitution reigns supreme. Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, COWLSO, will lend its voice against the move because we think we should not help those who want to ruin their lives do so.

“We should not help those who had made this destructive decision about their lives. That is why we are hoping and praying that the Senate will not make a law that can ruin the lives of our young people.”

According to her, COWLSO will embark on campaigns to religious bodies and non-governmental organisations against the practice of prostitution.

While condemning the increasing cases of rape in the country, Fashola said; “In any civilised society, rape will not be condoned. This is because it is a criminal act.”

She noted that the increase in rape cases was a challenge to the country and COWLSO would confront it.

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By Monsur Olowoopejo

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