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PRESS STATEMENT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, RIGHTS ABUSE. FEMA TO PARTNER FIDA

23 November 2021

The Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency,(FEMA), is to collaborate with the Federation of International Women Lawyers on the construction of a safe home for victims of abuse and domestic violence.

The Director-General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss stated this on Tuesday when he received a delegation of the International Federation of women lawyers,(FiDA), led by its chairperson, Barr. Rachel Andrew Adejo at his office in Abuja.

Alhaji Idriss informed that there was an upsurge in cases of rights violation and molestation especially of the girl child in recent times in the country.

Noting that FEMA like FIDA was in the business of rendering humanitarian services, free of charge, Alhaji Idriss said the Agency had no budget for donations.

“All of us here are parents and we must do the little we can to support you.”He said.

Earlier, the FIDA chairperson explained that they were in FEMA to solicit funds towards the building of a safe shelter for victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence.

According to her, during the lockdown that was occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, there was an increase in cases of domestic violence and sexual abuse of minors by their fathers.

“We need to take some girls off the street. On a daily basis we received cases of people who want us to shelter them”. She said.

Barr. Adejo disclosed that FIDA was a non-governmental organization that relied on dues and donations from good-spirited Nigerians to carry out its activities.

Nkechi Isa
Head, PRU.

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