From Umar Dankano,Yola.
In an effort to reduce if not eradicate the existence of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence,SGBV,the six state governments in North East Zone have been urged to adopt and domesticate relevant legal legislations to check its excesses.
A concerned movement, the Network of Sexual Assault Referral Centres(SARCs) in the zone made the call in Yola after a stakeholders meeting on how best to contain the rising frequency of the menace in our societies.
According to the communiqué issued after the first meeting, stakeholders were invited from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states over the matter.
The communiqué said state governments and civil society organizations should adapt and domesticate such laws like the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act and Child Right Act and other enabling legislations to prevent SGBV and ensure protection for survivors of such violence.
The communiqué also urged the police and judiciary on the need to ensure speedy prosecution of SGBV cases and effective dispensation of justice for survivors.
It further urged state governments on the need to establish SARCs in other locations outside state capitals and equip primary health centres with facilities to provide services to survivors of SGBV.
The communiqué was signed by Prof. Muhammad Tabiu, the National Programme Manager MCN. Other signatories are: Mr Ali Grema, Mrs Fatima Abbo-Jimeta and Mr Abdullahi Danchua, the chairpersons of SARCS Steering Committees in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states respectively.