By: Yusuf Umar
The Government of Adamawa State has continued to make case against Gender Based Violence GBV, calling for all hands to be on deck in cubbing the menace for a sane and productive society.
Deputy Governor, Professor Kaletapwa Farauta disclosed this in her keynote address at the closing of GBV in Emergencies Cohort Seven Course held at the American University of Nigeria, Yola.
Gender based violence has continued to be a source of concern for stakeholders.
In view of that, the United Nations Population Fund UNFPA in partnership with the American University of Nigeria AUN has organized a Ten Day course on Gender Based Violence in Emergencies which is one of their core mandates.
Farauta lauded the organizers of the program for their foresight, noting that GBV among other issues affecting the development of girl child and women has been a phenomenon that requires collective and concerted efforts to tackle it.
She reminded them that government alone cannot handle everything, reiterating that the purposeful leadership of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and partners is on course to see to the end of the menace.
Professor Fatauta thereafter, advocated for the extension of the training to other places to cover school managers, teachers, mothers among others, stressing that proper awareness at upper and lower levels is Paramount for the fight against gender based violence to succeed.
Earlier in his welcome speech, the AUN President, Dr. DeWayne Frazier maintained that when one is educated, he or she is empowered to take action for a better life, hence the call for action by all and sundry on protection from gender based violence especially, on the girl child for her potentials to be fulfilled.
While noting that Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has been an inspiration and a pacesetter for championing the course of women and girl child at all times, he enjoined the trainees to use the knowledge acquired to make a difference by being part of the solution.
For the resident representative United Nations Population Fund UNFPA Nigeria, Elizabeth Ulla Mueller, women and girl child's right must be protected against all odds.
Mueller said no one must be left behind irrespective of gender, emphasizing on the need to ensure access to Justice for survivors of gender based violence.
The event was climaxed with the presentation of certificates to course participants.