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NGO sensitizes rural dwellers on GBV in Toro Local Government

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NGO sensitizes rural dwellers on GBV in Toro Local Government

By Ahmed Ahmed

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) named Women, Child and Youth Health and Education Initiative (WCY) has on Friday sensitizes not fewer than 100 rural dwellers in the Zaranda ward of Toro Local Government Areal in Bauchi State.

The one-day dialogue had in attendance stakeholders, women, adolescent girls and youths from the community and its environs.

Speaking, the Ag. Executive Director of WCY, Hajiya Fatima Baba said that the activity was aimed to have a concerted effort in the fight against the scourge of GBV.

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She appreciated participants for opening up on their plight on issues GBV.

Baba said that the organization would continue to enlighten the general public to ensure that perpetrators of such crimes were punished.

Various papers were presented on causes, prevention, response, and referral among others.

Alhaji Kano Musa, the traditional leader of Zaranda pledged to incorporate activities around Gender Based Violence (GBV) into the activities of stakeholders and 24 villages within his domain.

Musa said that engaging stakeholders on misconceptions and other negative norms would restore family values.

He further said that such campaigns would equip parents, spouses, and the general public on the right channel to report GBV.

“This training is apt because in this gathering we brought stakeholders and representatives of villages around zaranda.

“Zaranda community will adopt worshiping places, and social gatherings to create the most needed awareness to dwellers.

“We will ensure that our people remain vigilant on GBV and other social vices,” he said.

In her remarks, Mrs. Rahmatu Ahmed, GBV desk officer in Zaranda Primary Healthcare Center(PHC), said that the center documents and then cases of GBV within its jurisdiction.

She assured the gathering that all information on GBV was confidential, and urged participants to share information to safeguard the rights of human beings.

“GBV is a public issue that needs concerted effort to bring the menace to an end and ensure that culptint are punished.

“So I urge you to break the culture of silent, report all forms of GBV to the right authorities immediately,” she said.

Also, Mr Ibrahim Usman, representative of the Nigeria Police Force in Zaranda, said that cases of GBV were treated with optimal response and in a crucial manner.

“Some cases we refer to Toro police station and the ones that are beyond our station refer to Bauchi State command,” he said.

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