The Sharing education and Learning for Life Foundation, Nigeria continue to strive in its efforts in reaching out to people in communities of North East and Plateau States through its formative and life changing programmes.
In line, with the vision of the Foundation, SELL Resource team were in Jalingo, Taraba State from the 18th to 21st January, 2022 for an advocacy visits, two days review of activities and one day multi sectoral stakeholders engagement on the areas of peace building, child protection and prevention of gender based violence. The purpose is to review SELL activities and strategize on the way forward for it sustainability in Taraba State.
The two day review brought together participants from different youth groups, religious/traditional bodies, Government/security agencies and SELL community volunteers who have been trained on Child safeguarding, peace building and prevention of gender based violence.
Stakeholders from the engagement were also drawn from Ministry of Justice (MOJ), National Union of Journalist (NUJ), Ministry of women and child development(MWCD), Hope afresh Foundation, Coalition of Civil Society Organizations.
Other stakeholders include: Nigerian Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ), Human Right Commission, Chairman/Fin Sec Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Jalingo Local Government, Chairman Muslim Council, representative of Kona traditional council and Coordinator Civil society organization Against Child Trafficking (NACTAL).
The event took place at the Catholic Pastoral Centre Hall, Mile six, Jalingo.
STAKEHOLDERS EXPRESS CONCERN OVER SPIKE IN GENDER BASED VIOLENCE, CHILD TRAFFICKING IN TARABA, NIGERIA
Stakeholders during the just concluded multi-sectoral stakeholders engagement in Jalingo, Taraba state have shared concerns over the recent increase in cases of Child trafficking and gender based violence in Taraba state and Nigeria at large.
Speaking at the event Mrs. Sarah Idi, Gender Based Violence focal person, Hope Afresh Foundation applauded SELL team for their efforts in ensuring and also advocating for the Rights of children and vulnerable persons in the society. She added that the issue of gender based violence and child trafficking is so alarming in Taraba State. Speaking further at the event, Mrs. Sarah said that the Child Right law and VAPP law have been assented to in Taraba; however, people are yet to understand the gravity of such crimes. She added that most times, people who claim to be champions of preventing gender based violence are often time found wanting as perpetrators of the crime. However, with the passage of the law, such perpetrators must be brought to book. She called on individuals, Faith based/traditional leaders, government agencies, private sector, civil society organizations, parents/guardians and groups of like-minded organizations to collaborate in order to bring an end to child trafficking within the state.
On her part, Barrister Comfort Yubuin from the Ministry of Justice stated that there is need for vigorous advocacy and awareness on the Child’s Right law and VAPP law in Taraba State. She also added that with the high increase of crime in the state, there is need for family courts in the state for the provisions of the law to be fully implemented.
Dr. Joseph Gimba (Ph.D) chairman Coalition of Civil Society Organizations also commended the effort of the SELL team and called on the team to create synergy with other relevant organizations that are concerned with the prevention of gender based violence to mainstream into different categories for implementation purposes. Dr. Joseph also called on the team to share their challenges with the stakeholders in respect to the implementation of activities in the State so as to proffer solutions together.