By; JULIANA KATUNG, Kaduna
The Kaduna State House of Assembly has assured of its commitment to pass the Violence Prohibition Bill before the end of the year, 2018 runs out.
This was made known by the Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Abdullahi, during an advocacy visit by Gender Awareness Trust (GAT) to his office.
Alh. Aminu said discussions on the private member bill have been ongoing before now and they will ensure its passage within the year.
“Looking at all the cases, violence such as sexual, psychological or domestic are visible to everyone to see and we understand that there is crisis everywhere we are,”
“As representatives of the people, we will continue to do legislation for the betterment of the people and we will also look at the bills page by page to pick out issues connected with traditions and religion to ensure that clean bill are passed,” the speaker noted.
The Executive Director of the Gender Awareness Trust Dr. Lydia Umar said that the NGO has been working since year 2000 to promote and encourage justice for everyone not only women and children,
“The NGO after working for three years discovered that very often, young boys and girls come to lay complains of violence, this encouraged us to come up with the bill that will become a law to make sure every victim of violence gets justice,” she added.
She said that, “The violence prohibition bill has been passed at the federal level during the last administration and we know that it will not be applicable to the states, this made us conclude to take it to the state level because it is needed.
“Analyses were done through looking at the penal code that was reviewed and amended by the Kaduna Assembly and we have realized that most of the formal complains we have, have been taken care of and this gladdens our hearts but there is need for other areas that have not been captured to be included ” the executive stressed.