By: Darlington Omotoso
The Minister of State, FCT, Hijiya Ramatu Tijjani-Aliyu has urged various agencies of Government, Development partners, Civil Society and Women Organizations to collaborate and fight against Gender Based Violence in the Federal Capital Territory.
Tijjani-Aliyu gave this charge while presiding over a meeting of stakeholders to review ways of tackling Sexual and Gender Based Violence(SGBV) in the Territory.
The Minister of State restated that the joint action against the menace will go a long way in eradicating or reducing the scourge in the FCT.
Tijjani-Aliyu, who was represented at the meeting by the Director, Gender Development Department, Mrs. Grace Adayilo, said the meeting was a rallying point to highlight gender based issues and to provide practicable solutions and therefore, appealed for stronger collaboration amongst relevant stakeholders.
The Minister of State tasked them to adopt multi-sectoral approaches to address the societal ills.
Her words: “The FCT Administration appreciates all the organizations participating in the meeting, particularly for their supports and expertise.”
“I hope, there will be a comprehensive review of significant achievements and improvements in response to SGBV in the FCT,” she stressed.
Tijjani-Aliyu enjoined participants to work towards agreeing on the most important priorities, which should set the agenda for the next administration.
According to her, “The Administration wishes to express its commitment to fight SGBV frontally in the FCT.”
The Secretary, FCT Social Development Secretariat, Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed kabir, who also spoke at the occasion said the meeting was organized to commemorate 16 days of activism.
The Secretary was represented by Mrs. Ike Jacinta, Desk Officer, FCT SGBV-RT.