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Bauchi allocates N3.7 billion for implementation of VAPP Law

Gov. Bala Mohammed

From: Ruth Yarnap

Bauchi state government has allocated the sum of N3.7 billion for the full implementation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP).

Governor, Bala Mohammed revealed this at the official launch of the Costed Model Action Plan (CMAP) and the inauguration of VAPP Advisory Committee and Technical Committee for the implementation of the law held inside the Banquet Hall of the Government House.

The VAPP law was developed by United Nations (UN) Women with support from the government of the United Kingdom and was passed into law by the Bauchi State House of Assembly and assented to by Governor Bala Mohammed in the year 2020.

Accord to him, Bauchi was the first state to domesticate the VAPP Act in the North-East part of the country, pointing out that the implementation of the VAPP law can only be made possible when political will is supported by targeted funding and other resources.

The costed action model plan (CMAP) , he said, is a significant achievement, which underlines the commitment of the government of Bauchi state to implementing the 2020 VAPP law and eliminating violence against persons in the society.

Governor Bala said, “through the model costed Model Action plan and the implementation of VAPP law in the state, the government has identified intervention strategies that would have a direct impact on the lives and welfare of the most vulnerable persons in Bauchi state. CMAP is a tool that will help produce results through clearly defined activities and targets by careful costing and identification of the actors responsible for the successful implementation of the programme”.

He added,”the CMAP is also an implementation strategy and clearly defined evaluation and monitoring component, which include an estimated cost package of the whole Programme, totalling over N3.7 billion naira. The CMAP is relevant to the overall response to ending violence against persons in Bauchi state, it offers multi-sectoral and standardized approach that can be applied at all levels. I welcome the publication of the CMAP for implementation of the VAPP law in Bauchi state.The plan was developed through many hours of consultative and participatory meetings with a committed group of key stakeholders who worked intensively and constructively on the process.”

Governor Bala then commended the commitment of United Nations Women, development partners and representatives of state government’s ministries, departments and agencies, local authorities, NGOs, faith and community based Organizations for supporting the funding and technical aspects of the VAPP law in his state.

The Speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abubakar Suleiman , in his address said that the increasing cases of rape and violence against persons in the state and the nation at large, calls for swift action on the implementation of the VAPP law.

He added that the law, which was passed by the State House of Assembly and assented to by the state governor, was as a result of agitations for the protection of persons against all forms of violence.

In an effort to give the law acceptability in the state, the Speaker said all stakeholders such as religious and cultural organizations, Civil Society Organizations, NGOs, were carried along in the cause of passing the law, adding that it was done to address all aspects of the law that conflict with the religious and cultural beliefs in the state.

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