Kaduna State Taking Steps towards Eliminating all Forms of Violence
Kaduna state makes history as the first State in Northern Nigeria and the fourth state after Anambra, Ebonyi and Oyo to domesticate the VAPP Bill in Nigeria following its passage by the National Assembly in 2015.The Bill which was passed on 19th of December, 2018 will prohibit and protect persons from all forms of violence in private and public life provides maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishment of offenders.
Concerned by the increasing rate of Violence against persons (men, women, young boys and girls) GAT, in her continued effort towards promoting an innovative society free from all forms of discrimination and violence collaborated with relevant stakeholders like Civil Society Organizations, Media, Security Agencies, Traditional and Religious leaders, Kaduna State House of Assembly Members, Ministries, Department and Agencies as well as opinion leaders to gain support towards the passage of the VAPP law in Kaduna state. This was achieved through the identification, lobbying and advocacy to Law makers among other power brokers in other sectors of the state on the passage of the Bill.
The Bill if assented by the Governor will stipulate punishment for crimes and rid Kaduna state of cases like Rape, Physical injury, Coercion, Prohibition of Female circumcision or genital mutilation, Abandonment, Stalking, Harmful Widowhood Practices, Economic Abuse, Spousal battery, Political Violence, Incest and Substance Attack amongst others.
In addition to the Rights guaranteed under Chapter IV of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, or any other International Human Rights instruments to which Nigeria is a party, every victim of violence as defined by this Bill, is entitled to the following rights:
(1) (a) to receive the necessary materials, comprehensive medical, psychological, social and legal assistance through governmental agencies and /or non-governmental agencies providing such assistance.
(b) to be informed of the availability of legal, health and social services and other relevant assistance and readily given to them.
(c) to rehabilitation and reintegration programme of the government to enable victims to acquire, where applicable and necessary skills in any vocation of the victims choice and also in necessary formal education or access to micro credit facilities.