By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
CARE International Internship, African Youths for Peace Development and Empowerment Foundation (AFRYDEV), Yobe State Justice Sector Reform Team with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) held a high level discussion on Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law.
The Executive Directive of AFRYDEV, Ambassador, Maryam Aje Yayi who gave the workshop overview said, the primary objective of this workshop is to familiarize stakeholders with a comprehensive scope of the VAPP law. According to her, “the law has multifaceted provisions, and explore legal frameworks for addressing various forms of violence against individuals as embedded in the VAPP law”
“The session will provide an immersive learning experience, integrating theoretical understanding with practical application, through interactive sessions, case studies, and scenario-based discussions, to enable participants gain a nuanced comprehension of the VAPP law’s applicability and its role in safeguarding individuals against diverse forms of violence”.
The chairman of the occasion who doubles as the Chief Judge of Yobe State, Justice Gumna Kaigama who declared the workshop open, said, the Prohibition of Violence Against Persons Law (VAPP-Law) was domesticated in Yobe State on the April 15, 2022.
“The law provides a framework for the prevention of all forms of violence against vulnerable persons, especially women and girls, to eliminate violence in private and public life including physical, psychological, domestic, harmful traditional practices, discrimination against persons. Furthermore, he says the law defines violence and provides all-round protection and effective remedies for victims as well as punishment for offenders” he said.
The Commissioner of Justice and the Attorney General of the State, Barrister Isa Samanja and State’s Grand Kadi – Babagana Hadi who were both represented revealed, the workshop is important for stakeholders to understand the various provisions and responsibilities towards ensuring effective implementation and to understand the various provisions and responsibilities towards ensuring effective implementation.
The discussions were also centered on understanding implementation bottlenecks, aimed to come up with concrete actions to address gaps, better understanding of responsibilities and synergy toward effective implementation of the VAPP law.