01 October 2020 by Julian Osamoto
As Nigeria marks 60 years of independence, a coalition of CSOs under the State of Emergency Gender Based Violence Movement, wants the Federal Government to implement the Violence Against Persons Prohibition act VAPP, and the Child Rights Act, CRA, to address cases of human rights abuse in the country.
A statement released by the group and read by the Executive Director TechHerNG Mrs Chioma Agwuegbo, in Abuja explained that since the introduction of the VAPP act in 2015 and CRA in 2003, only 14 States have adopted the VAPP, while 11 States were yet to adopt the CRA.
According to Mrs Agwuegbo, “Anambra, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti and IMO States among others have adopted the VAPP, While Yobe, Bauchi, Zamfara, Gombe, Kastina, Kebbi and Jigawa States were yet to adopt the CRA, after 17 years of its introduction”
” After 60 years of independence, it has become imperative as a group to demand that the existing laws be strengthened, resourced and implemented to stop human rights abuses”
On his part, the Executive Director Connected Development, Mr Hamzat Lawal, enumerated some of the demands made by the groups from the Federal Government
” On this day of 60 years of the nation’s Independence, we as a group demand the following; 1: Establishment of Sexual Assault Referral center in every State backed with a coordinated and sustained funded support system. 2: Criminalization and prompt state-led prosecution of SGBV cases within a reasonable time regardless of interference from interested parties
3: imposition of public disciplinary measures against officials of the Nigeria Police force and state prosecutors that mishandled cases of SGBV among others”
While celebrating some of the achievements recorded in the country the coalition groups expressed concern on some of the promises made by the government since June which are yet to be fulfilled.
State of Emergency Gender Based Violence Movement is a group of concerned Civil Society Groups with interest on citizens health, justice, peace, gender equality and education for the nigerian child.