Cross River State has become the first state to sign the Multi-Sectoral Costed Action Plan for Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law (VAPP) with a pledge to continue to support the campaign against all forms of violence against humanity.
This was done by the State Governor, His Excellency Sen Prof Ben Ayade on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at the Conference Hall of the Governor’s Office, Calabar.
The foreward to the document was presented to the Governor for signing by his Special Adviser on Women Affairs, Associate Professor (Mrs) Nnanjar Njar.
According to Ayade, “violence against persons in any form is violence against humanity. I am happy you pointed out that government needs to take demonstrable action to show commitment. so, I’m ready and willing at all times to demonstrate that commitment.”
“By signing this multi-sectoral action costed Action Plan for Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law, I have breathed life into it.”
He then commended Njar for her efforts at stopping violence against humanity.
“I’m very impressed with the progress because in the last programme that I provided funding, I saw sincerity, transparency and accountability. I must commend the Nigerian women because they are more sensitive, more committed and genuinely more hardworking. The loyalty you get from women is absolute.”
Speaking ealier, Njar commended the State Governor for his gender oriented policies.
She was also full of praises for Governor’s wife, Dr. Linda Ayade for always advocating for the women.
Njar said: “The Ministry of Women Affairs is doing so well. In the past weeks, in line with global best practices, it engaged in activities to end violence against women and girls, or as you have always remarked, against humanity, because even the male gender also suffers violence.
“Your Excellency, I am glad to inform you that Sexual Assult Referral Centers have been established and spread across the State. Her Excellency herself has also shown her own effort amongst the Governors’ Wives Forum and has been able to attract funds for more centres to be established in the State.
On her part, Tosin Akibu, the United Nations Women Generation Equality and Programme Specialist, Joint European Union and United Nations (EU-UN) Spotlight Initiative, lauded the Governor’s commitment to gender development.
Her words: “The VAPP Law was signed in 2015 and domesticated by some States but Cross River is the first state in Nigeria to have a multi-sectoral Action plan.
“Your Excellency has demonstrated the political will and the need for accountability. Most importantly, in Cross River, the Multi-sectoral action Plan is indeed sectoral across ministries- the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Youths and Sports and the Ministry of Finance.
“I like to thank you for you, Your Excellency, for your continuous commitment to ensuring that there is a gender balance for development in Cross River.”