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 Dr Amina Bello Wife of Niger Governor and Chairperson of the state Gender Based Management Committee GBV is advocating girl child education to ensure equal opportunity in the society She made the call at a one day Anti GBV Close Out Project Workshop organised by the Niger state GBV Management Committee supported by Nigerian Academy of Science NAS in Minna on Tuesday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gov Abubakar Bello of Niger had in 2021 inaugurated a 20 member GBV management committee chaired by Dr Amina Bello to address the menace of domestic based violence Bello who explained that girl child education was extremely important added that educating a woman made a family to prosper She however said that though GBV affected women and girls more boys and men were also affected in lesser degree Bello added that GBV limits the potential of individuals families and communities to live their full potential She disclosed that statistics of World Health Organisation WHO stated that one in every three women and girls experience GBV in their lifetimes and three in every 10 women in Nigeria have experienced physical violence by the age of 15 In her address Hajiya Fati Ibrahim Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development commended the NAS for technical and financial support given to the committee to minimise occurrence of GBV in the state She said that progress had been made in efforts to reduce to the barest minimum cases of GBV in the state through sensitisation prevention and reporting channels of GBV cases Many segments of communities have been effectively mobilised to participate in fight against GBV in the state We have reached out to traditional and religious leaders to be at alert to respond to all forms of GBV in their domains she said In her remarks Prof Ekanem Braide NAS President said that the academy in 2020 partnered with Niger Ekiti Edo and Abia states to address GBV She added that the project was aimed at strengthening response to GBV in the four states Braide commended the governor s wife for effectively coordinating the committee and members on the project for successful implementation and conclusion of the project She urged the Niger to sustain the project in order to serve as a model to other states Also Hajiya Kaltum Rufai Secretary of GBV Management Committee and Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Women Affairs said that 175 rape cases were reported to the Sexual Assaults Centre from January 2021 till date She said out of these cases only eight offenders were convicted out of 77 prosecutions with 160 cases still under trials She added that the centre also recorded 3 500 withdrawal cases of school children 67 street hawking and 21 forced marriages In his remarks Emir of Minna Dr Farouq Umar represented by Malam Iko Adamu commended the efforts of the governor s wife and the team for successful implementation of the project Umar added that the emirate would give necessary support for sustainability of the project NewsSourceCredit NAN
Niger governor’s wife advocates girl-child education

1 Dr Amina Bello, Wife of Niger Governor and Chairperson of the state Gender Based Management Committee (GBV), is advocating girl-child education to ensure equal opportunity in the society.

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2 She made the call at a one-day Anti GBV Close Out Project Workshop organised by the Niger state GBV Management Committee, supported by Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) in Minna on Tuesday.

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3 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger had in 2021 inaugurated a 20-member GBV management committee chaired by Dr Amina Bello to address the menace of domestic based violence.

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4 Bello, who explained that girl-child education was extremely important, added that educating a woman made a family to prosper.

5 She, however, said that though GBV affected women and girls more, boys and men were also affected in lesser degree.

6 Bello added that GBV limits the potential of individuals, families and communities to live their full potential.

7 She disclosed that statistics of World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that one in every three women and girls experience GBV in their lifetimes and three in every 10 women in Nigeria have experienced physical violence by the age of 15.
In her address, Hajiya Fati Ibrahim, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, commended the NAS for technical and financial support given to the committee to minimise occurrence of GBV in the state.

8 She said that progress had been made in efforts to reduce to the barest minimum cases of GBV in the state through sensitisation, prevention and reporting channels of GBV cases.

9 “Many segments of communities have been effectively mobilised to participate in fight against GBV in the state.

10 We have reached out to traditional and religious leaders to be at alert to respond to all forms of GBV in their domains,” she said.

11 In her remarks, Prof. Ekanem Braide, NAS President, said that the academy in 2020 partnered with Niger, Ekiti, Edo and Abia states to address GBV.

12 She added that the project was aimed at strengthening response to GBV in the four states.

13 Braide commended the governor’s wife for effectively coordinating the committee and members on the project for successful implementation and conclusion of the project.

14 She urged the Niger to sustain the project in order to serve as a model to other states.

15 Also, Hajiya Kaltum Rufai, Secretary of GBV Management Committee and Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Women Affairs, said that 175 rape cases were reported to the Sexual Assaults Centre from January 2021 till date.

16 She said out of these cases, only eight offenders were convicted out of 77 prosecutions with 160 cases still under trials.

17 She added that the centre also recorded 3,500 withdrawal cases of school children, 67 street hawking and 21 forced marriages.

18 In his remarks, Emir of Minna, Dr Farouq Umar, represented by Malam Iko Adamu, commended the efforts of the governor’s wife and the team for successful implementation of the project.

19 Umar added that the emirate would give necessary support for sustainability of the project.

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NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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