Yobe: FIDA partners NURTW, transports GBV Survivors

International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) with support from Managing Conflicts in Northeast Nigeria (MCN) Programme being implemented by British Council in Yobe state is partnering National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to assist in transporting survivors of Gender Based Violence from remote communities to health facilities.

Signing the Memorandum of Understanding MoU on Tuesday in Damaturu the Yobe state capital, Chairperson of the Association, Barrister Aisha Haruna Godowoli, said as result of lack of transportation and poverty, many survivors of the GBV had died in many communities.

In his response, the State Secretary of the NURTW, Alhaji Nuhu Garba, who spoke on behalf of the chairman, said the they have been rendering
assistance to many pregnant women without collecting transport fare.

He promised the content of the MoU signed would be communicated to their members across the 176 political wards in the state for their compliance.

A similar visit was paid to the Speaker, Yobe State House of Assembly to make budget provision for the Sexual Assault Referral Centres across the state.

Blueprint gathered that the British Council that supported the establishment of the centre will be wining up its programme in 2020 and hence the need for government to intervene so that survivors of the GBV will continue to receive attention at the established five centres across the state.

The Speaker, Honourable Ahmed Mirwa, pledged to make laws that would checkmate challenges encountered by women in the state.  
He said already a bill has been passed and signed into law in respect rape cases whereby perpetrators will be jailed for 25 years.

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