Report By: Tunde Aremu
ActionAid Nigeria has commended the Nigeria Federal House of Representatives for the passage of the Prohibition of Violence Against Persons Bill on Thursday, March 14, 2013.
The anti-poverty agency, which prioritizes issues of women rights in its intervention in poor peoples communities and among the urban poor stated in a press statement that “by this act, the Nigerian parliamentarians have acted in such manner that raises hope that the socially disadvantaged and the poor can still look up to them for succour”
According to the Women Rights Manager of ActionAid Nigeria, Patience Ekeoba, “members of the House of Representatives have acted in the most responsible way expected of representatives of the people”.
“By this singular act, they have rekindled hope of the people in the parliament as hope of the poor. They have also written their names in history. Many people will not forget this seventh national assembly for this act”.
She called on the Senate to follow suit and make a concurrent passage of the bill.
“We call on the Senate chamber of the national assembly to make the necessary concurrent passage of this bill”, Ekeoba said
Aremu is the Policy Advocacy and Campaigns Manager, Nigeria. He can be reached on:
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