Gov Lalong presents bill to House, protects Rights of Women and Children
Governor Simon Lalong has said that a bill to protect the rights of women and children is before the Plateau State House of Assembly.
He said, when passed, he believes the other states will emulate plateau; adding that, “we are doing our best to protect the rights of women and children in the state.”
He said many women are already part of his government, and many more will be appointed as commissioners, and assured his commitment towards ensuring the restoration of peace in the state.
In tandem with the governor’s move, a United Nations Women Country Representative in Nigeria, Dr Grace Ongile, called on the state and federal governments to support and ensure the success of women in their leadership. She made this known in Jos when she paid a courtesy call on Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau. She said there was need for more females to be appointed into leadership positions for peace and security architecture for the restoration of permanent peace in the country.
Mrs. Ongile, who is in Jos for a workshop on “Promoting Women Engagement in Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria,” said that the country would fare better if more women were involved in peace and security processes.
According to her, “as our programme seeks to promote the engagement of women in leadership positions in peace and security, we request that you consider increasing women’s representation in your government.”
She further stated that, UN women are undertaking a review of the peace and security architecture in three states in northern Nigeria, namely; Plateau, Gombe and Adamawa states.
She said, “we recognise that, the violence that affected Plateau has affected women and children much more as they are more vulnerable; adding that, we therefore call upon your government to strengthen security surveillance and include more women in intelligence gathering and early warning mechanisms within the state.” “With this,” she said, “it means strengthening those affected and displaced from their homes.”