No room for violence against women, girl child in Nasarawa – Gov Sule

By Godwin Joseph

Governor Abdulahi Sule of Nasarawa state has said that his administration would not tolerate any form of violence against women and children in the state.

The Governor said this while receiving a delegation of women at Government House, Lafia earlier today.

Some Prominent Nasarawa State Women at the Nasarawa State Government House today

The delegation said they were at the Government House to express their worries on the way women suffer lots of discrimination, with many cases of rape and other violence-related issues in the society.

In his response, Governor Sule said: “There would be no room for violence against women and the girl child. We believe in gender equality and government would continue to promote girl child education and women involvement in governance.”

Some women at the procession

He gave assurance that women would receive 100 per cent support from his government especially to all their demands pushed before him for consideration.

He thanked them for the good moral upbringing of children in schools and homes.

Earlier, the state commissioner, Ministry for Women Affairs and Social Development Development, Halima Jabiru, said their visit to the Governor was part of their activities marking a 16 days campaign for the fight against rape and women brutality.

She added that they were out to create awareness particularly on gender violence and inequality against women, affirming that 35 per cent of women experience physical violence of rape in the society which must not be allowed to continue.

The commissioner urged victims of such act to always speak out whenever they are attacked in order to expose their perpetrators.

Hon. Jabiru further called on the government to also ensure that perpetrators are forced to face the wrath of the law to serve as deterrent to would be perpetrators as well as ameliorate the women’s plights in the state.

Meanwhile, the women appeared in orange colours shirt, holding placards with different inscriptions ranging from: ” Say no to violence against girl child… , say no to rape”, among others.

Some girls holding banners during the procession

They started their procession, matching 3 kilometers from ministry of women affairs and social development to government house, Lafia, chanting songs of solidarity in honour of girl child and women across the globe.

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