12 June 2021 by Julian Osamoto
The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, says it is reviewing the 2006 National Gender Policy, to address all forms of discrimination against women and the girl child in Nigeria.
Director Gender Affairs in the Ministry Mrs Friya Bulus stated this in Abuja, when Delegates from a non Governmental organisation, Connected Development, CODE, paid a visit to the office to seek partnership in the fight against sexual and gender based violence across the country.
Represented by the Head Gender Based Violence and Data Management Unit, Mrs Udeme Abia, the Director Gender Affairs explained that the review became necessary to build a just society and harness the full potential of all social groups regardless of sex.
Mrs Bulus who expressed readiness of the Ministry to partner CODE, stressed that efforts were on with stakeholders in validating situation analysis of the National Gender policy in Nigeria.
The chief executive officer of CODE, Mallam Hamzat Lawal explained that the visit was to discuss areas of collaboration with the Ministry and also present a developed State Action Plan for implementation.
“The report is a 5 year work plan on sexual and gender based violence, we are here because we want to ensure that voices of all stakeholders were captured, secondly we want the Ministry to champion this project, to attract necessary political will for speedy implementation, before presenting the document to the United Nations for adoption”
In another development, CODE says it tracked an estimate of 307.6 million dollars across 257 communities in Nigeria, budgeted for projects and improved over 4.8 million rural lives.
Mallam Hamzat Lawal said this was made possible through its follow the money campaign aimed at tracking financial leakages by empowering citizens with the knowledge to demand for the provision of quality public services in their locality.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja during the launch of its 2020 report, Lawal noted that the report captured how the Federal Government expended the 97 billion covid-19 funds at both state and federal levels during the pandemic.
While stating that transparency and accountability remains key to the growth and development of any country, Lawal added that the organization also accelerated the publication of an updated National Emergency Procurement Policy BPP in the country.