Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya says his administration will collaborate with the federal government and relevant organizations to tackle gender- based violence and all vices affecting women and children.
The Governor was speaking while receiving in audience the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen who was on advocacy visit to interface with government and other stakeholders in the state.
He described the minister’s visit as timely in view of the spike in cases of rape, gender based violence and child abuse which bedeviled the state and the country, especially during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya pledged his administration’s commitment to work in consonance with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs to checkmate incidences of violence against women in the State.
He described women as the backbone of political emancipation and assured that his administration will continue to expand the political space to accommodate more women in governance, especially as the state prepares for the December 19th local government election.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya said the measure his administration has taken in respect to girl-child, adult and non-formal education programmes was such that the interest of women are accommodated and protected.
He told the Minister that his administration is on course to providing a shelter that will serve as home to abused women and trafficked children which will be under the supervision of the State Ministry of Women affairs and social development.
On Violence Against Persons Prohibition and Child Rights Acts, Governor Inuwa Yahaya said discussions have reached advanced stage with the State House Assembly to fine tune both Acts for their passage and eventual assent.
The Minister equally thanked the Governor for revamping the health sector, which she described as fundamental to the survival of women and children in the State.
She appealed to the Gombe State Governor to raise the bar in women participation in politics in Gombe State, especially as the State prepares for the local government elections.