The Wife of the Governor of Gombe Governor, Hajiya Asma’u Yahaya, has urged the State House of Assembly to assent to the Child Right Act; the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act.
Yahaya said the assent to the bills is to encourage the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development; to take decisive action in ensuring that the current administration in the state passes and implements the Gender and Equal Opportunity Bills in Gombe.
The wife of the governor stated this on Tuesday at the commemoration of the 16-day activism against Gender Based Violence in the state.
According to her, violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent; and devastating human rights violations, which affect millions of girls and women at home; in the workplace or school, regardless of age, background or level of education.
“Here in Gombe, a survey conducted has shown that two cases of rape; at least, happen every day. This suggests that 728 rape cases happen every year. It is assumed that most of these cases go unreported due to stigmatisation from the society.
“Gombe is among the states that have yet to domesticate the Child Rights Act; 17 years after Nigeria assented to the Act in a legal document. The perpetrators of violence against women and children, especially the girl child; are aware that the Child Right Act has not been domesticated in many states of the federation. They take advantage of this to perpetrate their nefarious activities; thereby causing pain to victims and members of their families.”