The Nasarawa State House of Assembly on Thursday organised a One day public hearing on Gender-Based Violence (Prohibition) Bill 2020 with aimed of getting inputs from critical stakeholders to put to an end gender based violence in the state.
In a welcome address Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House while declaring the event
open in Lafia, the State capital said that the bill if finally passed into law would tackle the rate of gender-based violence crimes in the state.
Mr. Balarabe Abdullahi, who was represented by Hon Tanko Tunga, the Majority Leader of the House appreciated stakeholders for attending the workshop while assuring them that their inputs would be critically analysed and use accordingly.
“Today is a special day for us, special day set aside for women in Nasarawa State.
” What informed the sponsor of the bill, the Rt. Hon Speaker and the House is our desire to see what we can do to stop or reduce the act of gender- based violence to the barest minimum in the state.
” We called you to hear your sincere opinion on how to tackle the menace if not by 100 per cent but to reduce it to the barest minimum in the state.
” It is not about rape alone but it is about gender-based violence as those that are perpetrating this act must not go unpunished to serve as deterrent to others, ” he said.
The speaker has restated the continued determination of the House to pass resolutions and bills that would tackle rape and gender based violence for the overall development of the state.
Earlier, Barr. Mohammed Ibrahim Alkali, the Chairman, Joint Committee on Judiciary and Women Affairs said that the public hearing would also give the House direction in order to ensure the success of the bill.
He also assured of collaboration with the state ministry of Justice and other stakeholders in ensuring that the bill become a reality.
” We are commending the Rt. Hon Speaker for sponsoring this bill as the bill if finally passed and signed into law would address gender-based violence in the state.
Dr. Abdulkarim Kana, Hajiya Halima Jabiru, the State Commissioner for Justice and Women Affairs respectovely while making their presentations assured of their readiness to support the assembly with inputs in order to ensure the success of the bill.
Kana suggested for the setting up of technical committee to look at related laws for harmonisation so as to tackle the menace.
Dr Zainab Ahmed, the Chairman, Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Dr Nawani Aboki of the Civil Socieities of Nigeria, representative of the Ministry of Education among other stakeholders also commended the House for the initiative.
They said that the bill if passed would tackle the menace of gender- based violence in the state, stressing the need for stiffer penalties against the perpetrators of the act.
Ene Obi, the Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria ( AAN) said that it has started operation in 2000 as a regional national Non-Governmental Organisation, non-partisan, non-religious and civil society organisation.
Obi, who was represented by Barr. Adesuwa Iluobe, Executive Assistant to the Country Director said that the organisation works with people living in poverty and exclusion to achieve social justice, gender equality and poverty eradication.
Obi commended the House in enthroning legislation that will contribute to women, girls, boys and girls living lives of dignity and enjoyment of their righte in the state.
” AAN wishes to make the following recommendations, Gender-Based violence shall include threats to commit or acts liable to result in physical abuse which includes slapping,beating, arm twisting, stabbing, strangling, burning, kicking among others,” she said.
In his vote of thanks, Hon Samuel Tsebe, the Chairman, House Committee on Women Affairs appreciated the stakeholders for their contributions.
” We want to assure you that the committee will take your submissions into consideration and act in areas where necessary for the overall developmemt of the state.
Aliyu Condemns Looting, Destruction Of Billions Naira Medical, Agricultural Equipments In Kogi
Following the massive looting and destruction of medical and agricultural equipments, the Federal Capital Territory Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has condemned in strong terms the wanton destruction of medical equipment worth billions of naira at the Central Medical Store and Agricultural Development Project warehouse both situated in Lokoja, the State capital by hoodlums.
In a statement signed and issue on Friday, by Special Adviser on Media, Austine Elemue, said the Minister described the hoodlums as enemies of the state, also called on the state government especially the Governor not to be deterred by the unfortunate incident, but be focused in repositioning the health sector for efficient service delivery.
Aliyu, who acknowledged that though the devastation of medical equipment in the state was quite enormous, she however expressed the hope that the state would bounce back better and stronger.
In her words; “My heart blends when I saw the wanton destruction of our essential drugs warehouse by hoodlums. I was particularly pained that these enemies of state and heartless looters came in at a time when the state government is taking steps to equip our health centres in view of the global health challenges.
“Nevertheless, I am convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that this trying period is just a phase, and Kogi state will come out better. Governor Yahaya Bello should not be deterred by this very sad development, but be focused in his health sector recovery efforts”.
The minister also commended the state police command for the arrest of suspected looters of items at various warehouses in Lokoja, just as she called on the commissioner of police to get rid of criminals masquerading as protesters in the state. The statement added.
FCCPC Signs Tripartite MoU With EFCC, FTC To Strengthening Cooperation, Addressing Mutual Cross-Border Problems
As parts of ongoing efforts to checkmate excesses in discharge of their official duties effectively and efficiently geared towards achieved set goal of the commission. The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) on Wednesday signed an updated tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and United States foremost competition and consumer protection authority, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and jointly, (the Agencies’).
The purpose of the MoU is to strengthen cooperation and collaboration in addressing mutual cross-border consumer protection/fraud concerns and problems.
The updated MoU reaffirms the Agencies’ intention and willingness to deploy their capacities to work together, share information, and assist one another in relevant investigations. It also establishes a Joint Implementation Committee to develop joint training programmes and provide assistance with regards to specific investigations.
The MOU also affirms the Agencies’ continuing support for econsumer.gov; a joint project of similar agencies from 40 countries for reporting international online scams. The MOU is a framework for voluntary cooperation that does not change existing laws in either country.
Babatunde Irukera, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, FCCPC, Mohammed Umar Abba, Acting Executive Chairman, EFCC and, Joseph Simons, Chairman, FTC all signed the updated MoU on behalf of their respective agencies.
Commenting on the MoU, Babatunde Irukera, EVC/CEO, FCCPC said “this cross-border collaboration is perhaps one of the most vital tools for combating criminal conduct and consumer protection violations which now transcend territories. Indeed, criminals and exploiters specifically create arrangements and devices to exploit consumers globally from remote locations in order to escape justice and retribution. This framework strengthens our joint abilities and efforts to address this”.
FCCPC discharges its mandate of protection by both preventive and remedial action including complaint resolution, investigations and enforcement action, while the EFCC investigates and prosecutes financial crimes including frauds perpetrated on consumers. The FTC is the United States government’s equivalent of the FCCPC with a mandate to regulate competition and enforce consumer protection laws.
This MoU is consistent with FCCPC’s mandate and strategy to cooperate with counterpart agencies and other regulators to protect consumers and promote market competition in Nigeria.
Social Media Regulation: Desmond Elliot Broke Down In Tears On Live TV Over Social Media Attack
A serving house of Assembly member in Lagos State, Desmond Elliot has broken down in tears on Live TV, following the backlash he’s receiving from Nigerians over social media regulation.
Recall that the former actor, at the Lagos State House of Assembly in his submission, pushed for passing if social media regulation bill.
the controversial statement received lots of criticisms, as many Nigerian youths boast him for referring to youths as “children” and for also pushing for the regulation of social media.
Desmond Elliot in a new interview on Arise TV broke down in tears. This came after he apologized for his statement earlier.
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