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Mark Seeks Global Support Against Terrorist Groups

The Senate President, Sen. David Mark, on Tuesday solicited the support of the global community to bring an end to activities of terrorist groups in the country.


The senate president, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Paul Mumeh, said there was a need to take a deliberate action to tackle the menace.


He added that the groups had the capacity to wipe out nations if not adequately dealt with.


He stated that Mark, at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) conference holding in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday, said Nigeria was taking necessary measures to curb terrorism.


Speaking on the 131st session of IPU titled “Achieving gender equality, ending violence against women” , Mark said all hands must be on deck to end violence against women and children.


He said that ” they are the greatest casualties of meaningless mayhem on the Nigerian state”.


Speaking through the Chairman, Senate Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Affairs, Sen. Abdulazeez Usman, the senate president said: “Nigeria welcomes the efforts of international partners and friends who stood by us in this trying time.”


He commended efforts of the international community on ending such violence, especially their contributions at the London Conference held in June 2013 on ending sexual violence against women.


” Whereas institutional and policy efforts to combat gender imbalance continue to yield result, the Nigerian state is convinced that the result must not only be sustained but must also be multi-sectoral and integrated,“ he said.


The senate president said the Nigerian government had embarked on massive re-orientation and education to end violence against women.


He also listed efforts by the Nigerian legislature against violence to include elimination of violence from society and violence against persons bill.


Others are Gender Equality Bill and Women Empowerment Bill as well as Girl-Child Marriage and Female Circumcision (Prohibition) Law


Sen. Mark said that Nigeria had been able to contain the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease ( EVD) but was still on red alert against any possibility.


He said that there was need for global attention to tackle EVD because of the danger it posed to human existence.


Over 141 countries are attending the IPU which ends on Thursday in Geneva. (NAN)

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