The Speaker of Nasarawa state House of Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, said that the House is set to enact a law that will ensure a more stringent and stiffer punishment for anyone found guilty of rape in the state.
Balarabe made this declaration on Thursday, when Trade Union Congress (TUC) Women Commission, Nasarawa State Chapter, led the National campaign against rape to the House in Lafia.
Represented by the clerk of the House, Mr Ego Abashe Maikeffi, the speaker assured that the law if enacted will tackle the issue of rape in the state.
“We have gone far in finding ways to end rape in Nasarawa State.
“A bill to that effect is on the way and we will hasten its passage to end the ugly trend in the state.
“As stringent measures will be taken against rapist to serve as deterrent to others and to bring it to zero level in the state,” he said.
The speaker, alarmed by the increasing rate of rape in the society, called for collective effort to tackle it in the interest of the mothers and for the overall peace and development of the society.
Balarabe restated the assembly’s commitment to the protection of women across the state, adding that the assembly will not condone any form of violence against women.
Earlier, Patience Nalah, Chairperson of the Union said that they were in the assembly to seek for the support of the House in the area of legislation against rape.
She decried the growing trend of rape in the society while calling for stringent measures against offenders.
Comrade Mohammed Doma, state Chairman, TUC, Nasarawa State chapter was in attendance during the event which was climaxed with presentation of a letter and other materials to the house leadership.