By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
The Costed Model Action Plan (CMAP) for the implementation of Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act (VAPP) provides an implementation strategy and a clearly defined monitoring and evaluation components with an estimated cost package of the programme totaling over N3.7 billion.
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state who dropped this hint, described CMAP as a tool that will help produce results through clearly defined activities and targets, careful costing, and identification of actors responsible for the implementation of VAPP law.
Speaking while inaugurating the Advisory and Technical Committees for the VAPP law implementation in Bauchi Friday, the governor noted that VAPP implementation can only be possible with the provision of funding and political will supported by targeted financial and other resources.
He expressed delight that Bauchi is the first state in the North East to domesticate the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act (VAPP), saying however that translating the VAPP law into practical action on ground remains challenging with persistent gap between commitment and financial support.
The VAPP law which was developed by UN women with support from the Government of the United Kingdom, passed into law in 2015 by the Federal Government, was also domesticated Bauchi State House of Assembly and assented to by Governor Bala Mohammed.
Governor Bala Mohammed explained that the costed action model plan (CMAP) is a significant achievement, which underlines the commitment of the Government of Bauchi state to implementing the 2020 VAPP law and eliminating violence against persons in the society.
“Through model costed action plan and the implementation of VAPP law in the state, the government has identified intervention strategies that would have a direct impact on the lives and welfare of the most vulnerable persons in Bauchi state”.
According to him, CMAP is relevant to the overall response to ending violence against persons in Bauchi state, it offers multi-sectoral and standardize approach that can be applied at all levels
The Governor said that he was comforted with the publication of CMAP for implementation of the VAPP law in the state, as the plan was developed through many hours of consultative and participatory meetings with a committed group of key stakeholders who worked intensively and constructively on the process.
He commended the commitment of United Nations Women, development partners and representatives of state government in ministries, departments and agencies, local authorities, NGOs, faith and community based organizations for their funding and technical support.
Also speaking, the Speaker Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abubakar Yakubu Suleiman said that the increasing cases of rape and violence against persons in the state and the nation at large, called for swift action of the implementation of the VAPP law.
The Speaker recalled that the law, which was passed by the State House of Assembly and assented to by the state governor, was as a result of agitations for the protection of persons against all forms of violence.
He explained that in an effort to give the law acceptability in the state, all stakeholders such as religious and cultural organizations, Civil Society Organizations, NGOs, were carried along in the cause of passing the law, geared to addressing all aspects of the law that conflict with the religion and culture in the state.