… As economic viable target 400,000 beneficiaries
By Faith Awa Maji
The Katsina State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Zainab Musa Musawa says Governor Dikko Umar Radda will leave no stone unturned in prosecuting anyone found guilty of violating the rights of citizens especially women and children in the State.
Musawa made the disclosure while interacting with some selected journalists in her office in Katsina recently.
She lamented that the rate of rape, force marriage and other related cases are on the increased hence the State government through the office of the State Chief Judge, Justice Danladi Abubakar Musa will in no distant time create a special court to prosecute all offenders of Gender-Based Violence, GBV just as relevant law enforcement agencies in the State have indicated interest in the fight.
According to Zainab, “we have launched collaborative partnerships with some law enforcement agencies, government institutions. We are in discussions with the High Court about opening a Gender-Based Violence court where the VAP law will be used directly, timeline. We are in discussions with the police too and the CP has promised to help in tackling Gender-Based Violence. We intend to bring the crime rate low.
“The Ministry has launched a Gender-Based Violence Centre. We also have a helpline for victims to call to report cases of violence not only against them but others. It is for both males and females and we have recorded a lot of cases. We have solved some of these cases and we have taken some to the appropriate authorities.
“We are also in partnership with the State’s Hisbah board.
“We are also partnering with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
“The establishment of the GBV centre reflects our collective determination to foster a safer environment for the citizens of the State, and ensure justice is served.
“On a daily basis, the GBV centre receives three to four cases.”
The Katsina State Commissioner for Women Affairs highlighted the achievements of her Ministry within the period of five months of assumptions of office to include taking data of women cooperative groups, passage, assent and domestication of Violence Against Persons (VAP), engagement and meeting with the World Bank Women Empowerment especially in the area of paying the State counterpart funding as enshrined in the World Bank project criteria among others.
Zainab while emphasising on the empowering women across all social class by the administration of Governor Radda, her Ministry has registered over 7,000 women cooperative groups with a head count of 400,000 individual women with viable economy presence across all the 34 Local Government Areas as they will soon benefit from women empowerment programmes once arrangement is concluded.
She said in furtherance to make women of the State self reliant, the state government has commenced work in reviving four centres include the Ajiwa Pottery Centre, Daura Bakery Centre, Kankia oil extraction and Malumfashi grain processing centres to empower more women, noting that the choice of the four centres was based on the peculiarity of each zone’s economic hubs.
“The State Government is making effort on a lot of women empowerment programmes in the State, especially on agriculture and SME.
“I assure you that women will always form a percentage of the total figure of any State, Federal and World Bank empowerment that would come to the State.
“We are also going to leverage on the World Bank empowerment project. And this is a grant that is going to provide N60,000 for each beneficiary to be financially included,” she said.
According to her, the grant would also cover educational and health support for the children of the beneficiaries.