Group advocates VAPP Act in Sokoto
Fatima Ahmad Lawal
Sokoto State Government have been urged to gear more effort to domesticate the Violence Against Person’s Prohibition Bill VAPP and ensure the implementation of the bill, to make sure that justice is served.
The call was made by the National Education Coordinator, Action Aid Nigeria Hajiya Kyauta Giwa while delivering a speech at an event organized by Rural Women and Youth Development, with the support of Action Aid Nigeria in commemoration of the International day of the Girl Child.
International Day of the Girl child is celebrated annually on 11th October.
The year’s event with the theme ‘My Voice, Our Equal Future’, took place today at Plus Center Maiduguri road Sokoto.
The event organized by Rural Women and Youth Development in support with action aid Nigeria today, sensitized girls from various primary and secondary schools in three LGA’s of the state, on how to speak up against any act of violence and encouraged them to focus more on harnessing their skills and focus on their studies.
The organization mentioned that the schools where the breaking barriers project is being implemented include 15 schools from Tambuwal, Sokoto South and Binji Local government areas.
At the event the national education coordinator of Action Aid Haj Kyauta Giwa made certain calls to the sokoto state government to domesticate and implement the act.
While responding to the calls made by the organization the commissioner of basic and secondary school education, Doc Bello Abubakar who was represented by director planning, research and statistics Abubakar Abdullahi Marafa said the VAPP is almost becoming a law.
Kyauta Giwa explained that though steps are being taken by the state government to domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill there is need to make sure that those laws are written and enforced to provide justice to the victims of those ill acts.
Other dignitaries that attended the event include, commissioner ministry of social welfare Professor Aishat Isah Madawaki who was represented by Zainab Usman, Perm sec. ministry of women and children affairs Barr Aisha Dantsoho, Sarkin Yakin Gagi Alhaji Sani Umar Jabbi, Executive director PYDI Dr Auwal Ahmad Musa, National moderator civil society coalition education for all, Kabiru Aliyu, Special adviser to the governor for female education board, Asma’u Abdullahi Maikano and media aids among others.