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COVID-19: ‘Gender based violence in Nigeria rise by 149%’

NEWSMAN, Abuja – A Non-Profit Organisation, ActionAid Nigeria, has lamented that gender-based violence cases in the country have increased by 149 percent following lockdowns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement by the Board of Trustees of ActionAid Nigeria, after a virtual meeting to review of the State of the Nation on Saturday states that “since the commencement of lockdowns, reported cases of gender-based violence have substantially risen with a monthly increase of 149 per cent in 23 out of the 36 states in Nigeria where we could obtain data on SGBV.”

“Despite this, till date, only 17 out of 36 states and the FCT have passed the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act in Nigeria”, it added.

The organisation also decried the recent hike in electricity tariffs, describing it as was unfortunate and ill-timed.

“The hike in electricity tariffs by almost 100 percent as well as the fuel price increase coming amid the COVID-19 pandemic is not only ill-timed, but it is also counterproductive. The privatisation of the electricity sub-sector seven years down the line has not yielded the anticipated positive results.”

ActionAid Nigeria also urged Federal Government to provide definite timelines for government’s response to youths’ demands, PUNCH reported

“Those who sponsored hoodlums to disrupt the peaceful protests, attack their fellow citizens and destroyed properties must be identified and made to face the wrath of the law to pass a clear message that the elite should desist from using young Nigerians for political gain,” it added.

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