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All hands must be on deck to end GBV – Sokoto Perm. Sec

Mr. Yinka Akin

BY ANKELI EMMANUEL, Sokoto

Barrister Aisha Dantsoho, Sokoto state Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs has appealed that all stakeholders must work in unison towards ending gender-based violence, harmful practices, violence against women and girls.

The Permanent Secretary who spoke at the Sokoto Women Development Center at the ongoing 2022 Spotlight Initiative Joint Monitoring Visit from Abuja, added that, no single individual, non-governmental organization or the ministry could have achieved the level of success that has been achieved gotten without the collaboration of all.

She thanked the UN-Spotlight Initiative and all other donors for their commitment to a safe world for all, especially women and girls.

Representative of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning (National Planning Arm), Dr Olusola Akintola applauded the implementing partners of Spotlight Initiative in Sokoto for their dedication.

Dr Olusola also thanked   the implementing partners in Sokoto for engaging the media, adding however, that they should do more to ensure that their success stories are told consistently aside internal review of their activities.

Speaking on her part, one of the members of the Civil Society Reference Group from Abuja, Barrister Rhoda Prevail Tyodea noted that the issue of GBV must not be taken for granted.

Giving an overview of their assessment of Spotlight Initiative Implementing Partners in Sokoto, the Representative of UN-Partner from Abuja, Mr. Yinka Akin said the debriefing meeting was geared towards reviewing their findings, doing comparative analysis, putting up recommendations for the next steps to be taken.

Yinka said the overall objective of the visit is to provide recommendation for improvement and was not any form of witch-hunt.

He further stressed that the visit has cooperative, participatory, for purposes of comparative analysis, for a culture of fairness and transparency, not a fault-finding mission as well as to promote learning.

While noting that the six pillars of Spotlight Initiative is geared towards, “A Nigeria where all women and girls are free from violence and harmful practices,” Yinka further appealed to all Project Monitoring Units in Sokoto to develop sustainability plans that include an exit strategy, with support from Civil Society Organizations, reference groups and other stakeholders.

 

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