VAPP Bill: Group presents Award of Excellence in legislative leadership to Bauchi Assembly
A group under auspices of Jojera Media House has presented the Award of Excellence in Legislative Leadership to the Bauchi state House of assembly for being the first assembly to pass into law the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) act in the North East.
Mr. Seth Francis, the Chairman Jojerah Media House, while presenting the award to the speaker of the state assembly, Abubakar Sulaiman on Wednesday in Bauchi, said the award was to boost the morale of the assembly to do more for the citizens.
He said the 9th Assembly should be commended for the speedy passage of the bill that would tackle violence against women and children in the state.
Francis lamented that the issue of violence against women and children has dominated the society and became worrisome that left parents restless.
He said the legislators have done well for passing the Bill adding, that would provide justice to the victims of violence.
According to him, “we are overwhelmed with the passage of the bill becauce rape cases and violence are on the rise in the state.
“That is why we awarded the state assembly, the state governor Bala Mohammad for signing the bill into law, Agency for vulnerable and Ikra Foundation for Women and youth Development for their role against violence.
“That bill would go a long way to curtail the menace and also bring to book the perpetrators of this evil act,” Francis said.
Responding, The Speaker, Sulaiman appreciated the group for taking note of what the legislators were doing for the citizens.
He said this award was a morale booster to legislators to do more in providing laws and bills that would provide more infrastructural development and good policies.
“We notice the evils in violence against women and children such as domestic violence, rape among others becomes other of the day.
“Advocacies, sensitization and awareness by different CSOs and organisations such as yours have intimate us also on the VAPP bill.
“We will not relent on our efforts to see that the bill see the light,” he said.
He reiterated that the house present another bill to make provision for the compulsory medical treatment and care for sex violence and treatment of accident victims.
He added that the bill has already passed first and second reading and referred to the committee on health.
Our correspondent report that the VAPP bill stipulated that punishment for rape committed by an adult be life imprisonment while that of a minor should be death by hanging.
The bill also stipulated that persons found to have engaged in female genital mutilation would be liable to N100, 000 fine or two years imprisonment and any attempt to commit the offence should attract half of the punishment provided for the actual commission of the offence.