The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Wednesday signed the bill to eliminate violence in the state into law.
The governor, who assented to the bill at the Government House, Asaba, also signed into law the Delta State Local Content Agency Bill 2020.
He said both laws would create the atmosphere for peaceful co-existence in the state.
He commended the state House of Assembly for being resourceful and enterprising, saying it had continued to discharge its functions despite the tough times occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Okowa said the law to eliminate violence in private and public life would provide maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishment against offenders.
He said the law was very important to government and families because it would ensure the protection of women, the girl-child, children, and men.
The governor said: “We realise that to have a decent society such laws must be in place and I believe that this will ensure greater peace and harmony in the home and public place.
“Beyond this, it will enable us to live in peace and live like human beings we were created to be, because many times the instincts in man tend to go against the laws of peace.
“By the grace of God, this law will provide enough punishment for all offenders.
“I read through it and I am quite pleased with the punishments that have been spelt out for people who will be offenders.
“I urge all Delta people to find time to go through it so that they will be guided accordingly.
“The punishments are real and severe and I hope and pray that all Delta residents will conduct themselves in such a manner that will not go on the wrong side of the law.”