States Assemblies To Domesticate Child Rights Act and VAPP Act- Speaker. Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila has urge states assemblies to domesticate Child Rights Act and VAPP Act. Following a commitment made by the Speaker 2 weeks ago at a meeting with some civil society organizations over the rising cases of sexual and gender-based violence across the country.
The House Speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila met with speakers of state houses of assembly via zoom conference today. The meeting was moderated by the Chairman of the House Committee on Women Affairs & Social Development, Rep. Adewunmi Onanuga with the speakers of Bauchi, Ekiti, Delta, Edo and Plateau states, among others, in attendance.
In his opening address, the Speaker said:
“We called this meeting to see what we can do. It is to also find out from states that have not domesticated these Acts to know what exactly the problems are; what are the issues? How exactly can we collaborate from the federal level, from the House of Representatives, the National Assembly, in helping to domesticate these two laws, taking into consideration the different cultures and communities?
“We had a robust debate in the House of Representatives. We had very far-reaching resolutions that will address some of these issues. The bottom line is we need to do something fast.”
In his contribution, the Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Hon. Abubakar Suleiman, who is also the chairman of the North-East States Speakers, said the VAPP Act is currently at public hearing stage in the state.
It was then resolved at the zoom meeting that he should lead in soliciting the commitment of the other states in the North to emulate his actions reviewing the two laws and domesticating them according to their local context.
The Office of the Speaker, relevant House Committees and government agencies such as The Nigeria Police, National Human rights Commission of Nigeria and Anti Human Trafficking Agency will provide technical support to state legislatures in amending the two Acts to suit local circumstances to ensure timely consideration.
The state assemblies are to also work with some members of the House of Representatives from states where the acts are yet to be domesticated for regular updates on the progression of the two Acts in their respective states.
Lastly, it was resolved that Speaker would next week send the resolutions arrived at in a letter to all state legislatures that are yet to domesticate the VAPP Act and CRA to reflect the urgency of the matter.