The Nigeria Governors Forum has agreed to declare a state of emergency on sexual and gender-based violence against women and children.
They also renewed commitment to ensuring that offenders face the full weight of the law.
This was contained in a communique signed by the Chairman of the NGF, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, after the forum’s 10th COVID-19 teleconference meeting held on Wednesday.
The communique was issued in Abuja, on Thursday.
Governors agreed to “Declare a State of Emergency on Sexual and Gender- based Violence. Governors strongly condemned all forms of violence against women and children and committed to ensuring that offenders face the maximum weight of the law;
“Call on State Governors that have not already domesticated relevant gender- based protection laws to domesticate the Violence Against Persons ( Prohibition ) Act , the Child Rights Act and the updated Penal Code to increase protection for women and children and ensure speedy investigation and prosecution of perpetrators in addition to creating a sex offenders register in each State to name and shame.”
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