Kwara Speaker assure NGOs of accelerated passage of
July 20th, 2020
The Speaker, Kwara state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Engr. Yakubu Danladi Salihu has assured that the Violence Against Persons Prohibition
Bill will be given accelerated passage, without jettisoning due process, by the
Danladi-Salihu made this disclosure while addressing
members of selected nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), coordinated by the
Commissioner for social development and women affairs - Aremu Bose Deborah at
the Kwara state House of Assembly complex, Ilorin, Monday, a statement by his
Special Assistant, Media, Ibrahim Sheriff said.
"We received the VAPP bill and passed first
reading on Thursday, 16th July, 2020 and I want to assure you we will give it
accelerated passage, as the 9th Assembly is known for efficiency in discharging
our lawful duties. We will however ensure necessary legislative procedures are
adhered and also invite you all for a COVID-19 compliant public hearing, once
we get to that stage.
"It is insane to rape, especially minors. It
was part of issues that topped discussions at the recent meeting of Northern
Speakers Forum and we are united to fight this menace head-on, because it
protects our mother and children", Danladi-Salihu said.
The lawmaker furthered that the Kwara state VAPP
Bill will not only protect women, but men also would be protected under it,
noting that there are also reports of cases of rape and violence against male
The Commissioner for social development and women
affairs had earlier urged the State House of Assembly to speedily pass the
Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill, while lauding the consideration of
the bill by the 9th Assembly.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of social
development and women affairs, - Hajia Afusat Nike Ibrahim in her remarks said
"VAPP is an emergency, we want an accelerated passage of the bill,
considering the rampant cases of violence against women, to serve as deterrent
for perpetrators of crimes such as rape, adding that there are number of
children under age thirteen (13) undergoing treatment as a result of violence.
Speaking on behalf of the NGOs, Mrs. Christie
Abayomi posited that VAPP, when passed and signed into law, will bridge the
vacuum left by other laws that seeks to
protect the female folks. No
fewer than eight (8) NGOs, including National Orientation Agency (NOA),
Foundation for Global Hope for Women and Children (GLOHWOC), Women Enpowerment
and Youth Development Initiative (WOYODEV), Help Women Foundation and Olive
Community Development Initiative were represented at the meeting.