Women Affairs Ministry votes N393m to fight gender-based violence nationwide in 2022

• Appropriates N68.7m to track rape cases, rehabilitate victims

In its determination to stamp out gender-based violence (GBV) in the country, the ministry of women affairs has voted the sum of N393,200,000 in its 2022 budget.

The Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP) project by the ministry was targeted at building a strategy to curb the menace in the society.

Nigerian Tribune can report that the ministry made provision for the approval of the national assembly to track rape cases, while it would rehabilitate such rape victims.

In its lists of interventions to improve the space for the Nigerian Woman, the ministry in her 2022 budget proposal, to the twin chamber of the National Assembly in the document presented by President Muhammadu Buhari as he addressed the joint session of the legislature earlier this month provided for gender-based violence national coalition tool.

Nigerian Tribune findings revealed that “ERPG 3017251” by the ministry of women affairs reads that would engage in “design a strategy for curbing and elimination of the menace of gender-based violence and rape in the country” and would cost N283,700,000.

The ministry also splashed the sum of N109.5 million dedicated for policies. The budget code and line reads: ERPG60172603 National gender statistics, national gender policy, Child Right Act 2003, National Policy on Elderly, UN Resolution 1325 and gender-based violence national tool.”

The budget also proposed N68,700,000 as its intended cost for tackling the issue of rape.

It reads: “ERPG 30172231 design a framework for tracking cases of rape and rehabilitation of the victims of rape nationwide and support for ministerial outstations.”

This would be part of the N34.2bn budget for the 2022 fiscal year, that the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, would defend when she appeared before the twin committees of Senator Betty Apiafi and Hon. Wunmi Onanuga of the National Assembly.

 

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