Kwara Speaker assures NGOs of accelerated passage of VAPP Bill
Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Yakubu Danladi Salihu, has assured that the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Bill would be given accelerated passage, without jettisoning due process, by the legislature.
Speaking while addressing members of selected non-governmental organisations (NGOs), coordinated by the Commissioner for Social Development and Women Affairs, Bose Deborah Aremu, in Ilorin, Salihu said it is insane to rape, especially minors, and that this 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.”
He said the Bill would not only protect women, but men also, as there are reports of cases of rape and violence against males.
The Permanent Secretary, Hajia Afusat Nike Ibrahim, 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.
No fewer than eight NGOs, including National Orientation Agency (NOA); Foundation for Global Hope for Women and Children (GLOHWOC); Women Empowerment and Youth Development Initiative (WOYODEV); Help Women Foundation and Olive Community Development Initiative were represented at the meeting.
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