Adamawa State House of Assembly has promised to enact laws on violence against persons, saying that the hallowed chamber is ready to pass/domesticate Violence Against Persons Prohibited Act 2015, Child Right Protection Act and Gender Equality and Opportunity bill.
Speaker of the house of assembly, Aminu Iya Abbas made the pledge when he received the commissioner of women, social development and integration in the state alongside CSOs who paid the house an advocacy visit to demand an end to gender-based violence.
According to him, there were moves to pass Child Right Act bill in the house in 2015, but both the 2 major religions kicked against it, explaining that as representatives of the people, they must do what they want and advised them to educate the society on the importance of some of the bills.
In her remarks, the Member representing Demsa Constituency, Hon. Kate Raymond Mamuno, stressed the need for the restructuring of Child Right Act bill so as to see the light of the day, saying that there is no way parents would not discipline their children.
Hon. Mamuno appealed to them to support the house so as to enable them pass some of the bills that directly affect them and however appreciated them for the visit.
The development was sequel to an advocacy visit by the commissioner of women, social development and integration in Adamawa State, Hon Lami Patrick in conjunction with some CSOs to call for the abolition of gender-based violence in the state.
During the advocacy visit, the commissioner called on the lawmakers to come up with the right laws to effectively tame the monster.
She called on the assembly to as a matter of expediency pass and domesticate violence against person prohibition Act. 2015 VAPP, Child Right/protection Act and Gender Equal and opportunity Bill.
“We can not effectively fight RAPE without having the right policies and laws in place, in this regard we are soliciting with the Hon House to pass and domesticate; Violence Against Person Prohibition Act. 2015 VAPP, Child Right/protection Act and Gender Equal and opportunity Bill,” she said.
She thanked the house particularly the speaker, Aminu Iya Abbas who deemed it fit to host them in the assembly even on short notice.
“On behalf of the ministry of women affairs, social development and integration and the coalition of Gender-Based Violence Sub-sector in Adamawa state, we thank you for your warm reception despite short notice.
” This is a confirmation that the leadership of the House is with us in this fight against Gender-Based violence.
“As indicated in our letter to the Hon. Speaker, every 25th Nov-10th Dec is globally dedicated for campaign to end Gender-based violence against women and girls.
” This year we are coming out as generation Equally STANDING AGAINST RAPE
“Finally I want to thank His Excellency Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, the Executive Governor of Adamawa state and Her Excellency Lami Ahmadu Fintiri for their determination to ensure zero tolerance to violence against gender,” she said.