SGBV: FG set to review national policy on justice 

The federal government has restated its readiness to review the national policy on justice 2017 in order to encapsulate Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) matters.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, gave the hint Tuesday in Abuja while delivering a keynote address at a High-Level Engagement  with States on Promoting Rule of Law and Enhancing Criminal Justice Pathway to Address Sexual and Gender Based Violence Against Women and Girls.

The programme is organised by the Office of the AGF in collaboration with EU-UN Spotlight Initiative.

Dwelling further on its plan, the AGF who was represented by the Permanent Secretary and Solicitor General of the Federation, Federal Ministry of Justice, Beatrice Jeddy-Agba, noted that the move was aimed at providing a sustainable framework to address the problem.

Fagbemi said: “Though the task ahead appears enormous, I call on various states, stakeholders, state actors and international development partners to commit to the effective implementation of all policies programmes and laws relating to SGBV.”

In his opening remarks, the resident representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mr Simon Ridley, said the interventions under the EU-UN initiatives which are rooted in a victim-centred modality, norms and international standards reflected its shared commitment to creating a safer and more equitable world.

While delivering her own speech, the Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy disclosed that her ministry was ready to collaborate with relevant stakeholders in building a robust synergy in its drive to closing the existing data gap on SGBV.

Speaking earlier, the duo of Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun and Director General National Agency For the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP), Dr. Fatima Waziri-Azi emphasised on synergy, alignment, collaborations and support from the judiciary to win the war.

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