The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has said no fewer than 13 states have domesticated the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act between June 2020 and June 202, as part of effort to curb Gender- Based Violence (GBV).
The forum disclosed this in a communiqué issued by its Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, after its 31st Teleconference held on Wednesday.
It quoted Fayemi as disclosing this while briefing the governors on several activities of the Forum including the meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum (NGWF) which took place on June 10.
The chairman said that the June 10 meeting commemorated the first anniversary of the declaration of a state of emergency against GBV.
He acknowledged the commendable role of the NGWF and some of the appreciable milestones over the period.
He said that as of June 2020 only 14 states had domesticated the VAPP Act, while 27 states including FCT had passed the law with several others at advanced stages in the process of passing the law as of June.
He urged his colleagues to support the efforts of the NGWF and continue to treat sexual and gender-based violence as a priority.
The communiqué noted that the governors received an update on the Federal Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic from the Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha.
It quoted Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), as commending the governors for rising to the challenge of the time by providing exemplary leadership and resources to curb impact of the pandemic in the country.
Mustapha called for governors continued action to maintain non-pharmaceutical interventions on COVID-19 as well as sustained clinical care for patients.
The non-pharmaceutical interventions according to him include the enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines in public places and government institutions.
Others include heightened surveillance, risk communication, social mobilisation, testing and reporting of data and vaccination.
He noted that to bolster the government’s efforts, President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the set-up of 38 oxygen plants in the country, with at least one plant in each State and two each in Lagos and Abuja.
He noted that a supplementary budget had also been submitted by the Federal Government to enable the country access additional vaccines for its citizens.
The communiqué also stated that the governors also received a briefing from Mrs Oyindamola Adedokun, the Programme Manager Federal Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning (FMFBNP) SFTAS Programme Coordination Unit.
It noted that Adedokun briefed the governors on the efforts to ensure part-disbursement for the COVID-19 related Disbursement Linked Results (DLRs) of the SFTAS programme was made in 2021.
She highlighted to the governors the progress of the states on the upcoming DLRs and 2021 Annual Performance Assessment (APA) Eligibility Criterion (2020 Audited Financial Statement), while informing them of the fast-approaching deadlines.