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Minister calls for adequate forensic labs to tackle GBV

The Federal Government has called on development partners to support the acquisition of more forensic machines to expand the scope of test and evidence gathering to address rape and other forms of gender-based violence.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen who made the call in Abuja, explained that the establishment of more forensic laboratories across the country would guarantee access to reliable information and evidences to prosecute reported cased of rape, sexual and gender-based violence.

“I want to appeal to our development partners to support the acquisition of more forensic machines to make it easy to carry out test of rape cases in the country as the existing ones are only accessible in Adamawa and Lagos states.

We are talking with the Minister of state budget, to ensure that we have it in the budget so that we can have at least one forensic lab in each of the geo-political zone and from there we will move down to states.” She said.

The UN-Women Country Representative to Nigeria and Ecowas, Ms. Beatrice Eyong said gender-based violence was not only a violation of human rights but a critical threat to the economic development and GDP growth of the country.

“Gender based violence has the capacity of reducing the gross domestic products which means there is a detrimental relationship between gender-based violence and economic growth. If don’t put all our energies to fight this pandemic, we will never achieve our common goals of 2030” she explained.

On her part, the European Union  Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms. Samuela Isopi who spoke on the rising cases of gender based violence on the cyber space, emphasized the need to take actions to address it..

Reporting by Azizatu Sanni; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Annabel Nwachukwu