Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Sen. Aisha Alhassan, on Sunday said the ministry was establishing rehabilitation centres in the six geopolitical zones of the country for women affected by violence of all kinds.
Alhassan disclosed this at a press conference in Jalingo while highlighting the achievements of the Buhari Administration in the last one year.
She said the move was aimed at checking the increasing cases of abuse of women’s rights in the country and catering for those already affected.
She said the ministry was also pushing for the enactment of relevant acts that criminalised violence against women and children in all the 36 states of the federation.
“In keeping with the promises of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, rehabilitation centres are being established in the six geo-political zones of the country.
“We are also going round the states of the federation to push for enactment of relevant acts that will make violence against women and children publishable everywhere in the country under the law,” she said.
Alhassan said she was in Taraba on an official assignment to donate to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the less privileged as part of her ministry’s mandate to enhance social development.
She called on the people of the state to be patient with, support and pray for the government to enable it to fix the country for a brighter future.
“We know that there is hardship, but I can assure you that it is just a temporary thing.
“Things will soon stabilise for the good of all Nigerians as government is seriously tackling security and economic challenges to pave the way for development,” she said.
Continuing, Alhassan also said the Federal Government had released N150 billion for women entrepreneurship development in Nigeria.
She disclosed that the money was part of the N500 billion Social Protection Fund.
According to her, the fund has been deposited at the Bank of Industry (BoI) for women entrepreneurs to access.
She said out of the fund, N1.6 billion was earmarked for micro finance scheme for women.
The minister said that sensitisation campaign on how to access the fund had already begun and that during her visit to the state she had sensitised women groups on how to access the facility.
Alhassan also revealed that the National Gender Policy was currently under review to enhance inclusiveness and participation of women in all spheres of government.
On violence against children, the minister said 24 out of the 36 states of the federation had domesticated the Child Rights Act.
“The Child Rights Act is a document that sets out the rights and responsibilities of the child in Nigeria and provides for a system of child protection and administration.
“24 states have so far domesticated the Act. I hope the remaining states will do that soon.
“I planned to visit the Taraba House of Assembly to sensitise them on the need to domesticate the Act but, unfortunately, they are on recess.
“However, I am calling on the lawmakers to domesticate the Act in the state for the good of our children and grandchildren.

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