The government of Plateau State on Wednesday has expressed its concern on the issue of children and human trafficking in the state and likewise the increasing involvement of women in drug abuse.
The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Rufina Gurumyen, made this known at the Stakeholders’ Validation Workshop in Jos, the Plateau State Capital.
The commissioner, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry Mrs Hassana Ayika, said suspected drug abusers were main culprits in the trafficking of children.
She also said that there was an overflow of terrorist activities, the proliferation of firearms and armed robbery cases in the state, resulting in women and girls being kidnapped.
“These activities have adverse effects on women and children, who are one of the most vulnerable groups in the society.
“If women were optimally engaged in peacebuilding process, there may not be crisis in Plateau.”
The commissioner further added that the emerging issues affecting women posed a threat to the progress of the state.
She said “participants of this workshop should, therefore, ensure that the SAP on UNCSR incorporated women engagement in governance, their numbers increased and extended in traditional council in various communities in Plateau.
“The plan should also provide an enabling environment for women to actively participate in the forthcoming local government polls in Plateau.”
The UN Women Gender and Technical Advisor in Plateau Ms Sewuese Surma, in her remarks also said the objective of the workshop was to see to the protection of the rights of women and to promote peace and security in Plateau.
She added that the validation was necessary to capture and bridge the identified gaps and emerging security challenges in Plateau, which was not previously captured in the 2015 Plateau SAP.
The Coordinator, Women Peace and Security Network (WPSN) Mrs Fatima Suleiman, also stressed the need to establish desk officers for women and children in all organisations.
The workshop which was hosted by UN was meant to review and adopt the Plateau State Action Plan (SAP) on UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325.