Canadian Govt Tasks FG On Security, Gender Based Violence
AREWA AGENDA – The Acting Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Nicolas Simard has urged the Federal Government to prioritise job creation towards addressing insecurity in the country.
Mr. Nicholas who spoke during a consortium consortium to end Gender Based violence (GBV) in Kano which was organized by Connected Development, also tasked the Federal Government to end the GBV menace.
The consortium is aimed at Galvanising Mass Actions Against Gender Based Violence in the State.
Mr Nicolas added that, many women in Nigeria has experienced one form of gender violence or the other.
He assured of the Canadian High commision’s support towards empower of vulnerable women, children, people living with disabilities and people suffering from HIV.
He pledged to partner with Government at all levels to ensure positive changes in Kano and the nation at large.
On his part, while calling on Kano state government to pass the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP), Child Protection Bill Act, and also Gender Based Violence, the founder of Connected Development Mal. Hamzat Lawal promised to enhance CODE’s activities in the State by pursuing these bills.
Also, the Attorney General of Kano State , Ministry of Justice , Barr. M.A Lawan said his Ministry is working tirelessly with other Agencies to ensure the the law has been implemented in the State.
He mentioned some of the key areas his ministry is focusing to include ending GBV, child abuse, domestic violence, banning of street begging, establishment of SARC centers, in line with the tradition and cultural norms of the citizens when eventually implemented.
“Kano state government look-forward to partnering and collaborating with any organization in the State towards achieving these goals,” he said.
Also speaking, the co-ordinator of legal aid Kano state chapter, Barister Muktar Labaran Usman kabo, said the legal aid council is always willing to help children and women that has been harassed, by providing effective legal aid practioners to handle the cases towards necessary result.
The founder of Bridge connect and also the team head of GMAAK Project in Kano, Mal Sani Muhammad revealed that about 30 gender based advocators were selected for training towards increased awareness and knowledge on GBV, tackling GBV in the society, Advocacy visits to relevant stakeholders, and agitation techniques for for implementation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act and other bills.
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