ActionAid charges Nasarawa govt on implementation of VAPP Law

From Esther Akaa, Lafia

ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) has called on the Nasarawa state government to implement the Violence Against Persons Prohibitions (VAPP) law recently signed into law, in order to address the issue of violence against persons in the state.

The project Coordinator, System and Structure Strengthening Approach Against Radicalisation to Violent Extremism (SARVE II), Mr Anicetus Atakpu made the call on Wednesday at a one-day women summit held simultaneously in 12 communities in 6 local government areas of Akwanga, Nasarawa-Eggon, Obi, Lafia, Nasarawa and Toto in Nasarawa State.

Speaking in Azuba-Bashayi community, Lafia Local Government Area, Mr Atakpu decried the incessant increase in Gender-Based Violence (GBV), especially during the COVID-19 lockdown and called on the state  government to implement the law signed in December, 2020.

He said the women summit held in  commemoration of the 2021 International Women’s Day with the theme: ‘Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World’ was aimed at   providing ways of addressing gender-based violence in the society.

“Since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, there has been alarming reports on domestic and gender-based violence across the country, Nasarawa state not being an exception.

“Recent studies have also shown that although women in conflict zones bear the  brunt most, they can also be actors of violence. Inclusion of women in leadership and decision-making processes will go a long way in curbing this.

“The women conference, therefore, presents an opportunity to engage and sensitise local women on their roles in Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE), especially as it relates to domestic and gender-based violence,” he stated.

He, commended the Speaker of Nasarawa state House of Assembly, Ibrahim Abdullahi for sponsoring the bill and the state Governor, Engr Abdullahi Sule for assenting to the bill, while also calling for improved services for survivors of GBV.

The  annual women summit was implemented by ActionAid Nigeria in partnership with Global Peace Development (GPD) and Beacon Youth Initiative (BYI) with funding from the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF).

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