The Savannah Centre For Diplomacy Democracy and Development has once again expressed its appreciation to the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello over the passage of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill into law.
Sir. Bola Abimbola, Senior Program Manager, SCDDD made the disclosure at a context analysis and close out meeting of steering Committee on signing and gazeetting of Kogi State Violence Against Persons Prohibition VAPP Law, held at Golden Grand Royale Hotel Lokoja, Kogi State.
Sir. Abimbola said the swift manner the bill was finally signed has once again proven that Gov. Yahaya Bello has the people at heart, expressed the appreciation of SCDDD to all the State government actors that contributed to making the bill see the light of the day.
The Senior Program Manager paid glowing tributes to the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Mrs Folashade Ayoade Arike, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and others who worked silently to make the passage of the bill scale through.
Sir. Abimbola thanked other Organisations like USAID, ActionAid Nigeria that supported the project before Savannah Centre came into the scene, attributed the passage to collective working together by the people towards making the society violent free.
While he expressed his gratitude to Challenged Parenthood Initiatives, lauded the Steering Committee for the implementation of the bill, said the operationalization of the bill now remains the priority.
He urged the steering committee members to see to the task ahead of the operationalization as very necessary and surmountable, said if the team worked together Iike they did as steering committee members, it would ensure the successful implementation of the law in the State using the fact sheets and other support Savannah Centre would be making available.
Earlier in a presentation through zoom, David Gatare, Chief of Party, Community Initiatives to promote peace,
David Gatare, thanked the Kogi Govt and other stakeholders for making the VAPP Law come into place, urged the steering committee to see the reward for hardwork as more work in the operationalization of the bill in the State.