By; DEKERA NICHOLAS, Kaduna
The Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly, Dr Joseph Kunini, has decried the rate of reported cases of violence against women and girls in the country.
Kunini expressed this on Monday night when he hosted journalists in the state to a dinner to mark the end of year 2020.
According to him, all the fundamental human rights approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) were also enshrined in the 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended, yet there were daily reports of gross violation of the rights.
“Reading through the universal declaration of human rights approved the general assembly of the UN, I was touched by articles 1 and 2.
“Article 1 states that ‘all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
While article 2 states that “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language among others.
“All these are enshrined in chapter 1V, under fundamental human rights in the 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended but unfortunately, there are daily reports of gross violation of these rights especial against women and girls in the country,” he said.
Kunini revealed that the bill he sponsored and entitled ‘Taraba State Violence and Discrimination against persons prohibition bill’ 2020 had passed and he was passionate to see it passed into law for a better society.
The speaker also urged journalists to shun all forms of yellow journalism and follow code of ethics of the noble profession for violence free society.
He commended journalists in the state and the country for the pivotal role they have been playing to keep Nigeria together despite the challenges facing the nation.
Kunini wished the press and all Nigerians a violence free and happy Christmas and new year in advance.
Mr David Nyaa, the Chairman Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Taraba Council commended Kunini for the gesture saying it would go a long way in boosting the morale of journalists for better out put.
Alhaji Sadiq Adamu, the Chairman NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel in the state pledged the commitment of members to support all efforts that would enhance development of the state.