By Isaac Money , Yenagoa.
Issues concerning Rape and other sexually related violence may soon be a thing of the past in Bayelsa state as the State House of Assembly passes bill into law
Known as Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act ( VAAP) bill was sponsored by the Lawmaker representing Ekeremor Constituency 1, Mr. Tare Porri.
In his remarks shortly after Passing the VAAP act into law, Mr. Abraham Ngobere, Speaker of the State House of Assembly who gave insight on reasons behind delay in passing the bill into law noted that the act suffered set back because of the COVID 19 Pandemic and the flood that ravaged most parts of the state in 2020.
” This bill suffered set back because of last year’s flood and COVID 19 pandemic ” noted Ngobere who appreciated all the critical stake holders that contributed in one way or the other that saw to the passage of the bill into law.
” This VAAP law” , the Speaker further assured , “will contribute a lot towards the sanity of the society”
The violence against persons prohibition act (VAAP) was on Wednesday finally passed into law by the Bayelsa state house of Assembly.
The VAAP act sponsored by Tare Porri member representing Ekeremor constituency 1 has been on debate by the house of Assembly members till December 2020 when they agreed to pass it into law but lingered till now.
In his presentation shortly before the passage of the bill into law, Mr. Tare Porri, sponsor of the bill, expressed excitement over its success as it would go a long way in checking cases of sexual violence being suffered by the female folks in the state and also check electoral violence.
His words: “We are excited for the passage of this bill because this issue of sexual violence has been bedvevilling the society.
“We are aware that rape is a terrible issue that is affecting our environment.
“The VAAP law will not only bring an end to issue of rape. It will also bring an end to the issue of electoral violence. It will also bring an end to spousal battering. This law will also bring succor for victims of sexual violence.
“I can assure Bayelsans that the law if eventually assented to by Governor Douye Diri will address the issue of sexual violence in Bayelsa state.
” This punishment for rape is life improsonment and I know that nobody will like to risk his or her life.
In her remarks , Hon. Naomi Ogoli, representing Ogbia constituency 2 , who is also Chairperson House Committee on women, Children Affairs and Social Development also lauded e passage of the bill , saying ” I’m grateful that the bill saw the light of the day during my tim