Minister of Women Affairs Pauline Tallen has advocated death penalty for rape and related offences.
The minister conveyed her standpoint on Friday at the inauguration of the National Cooking Gas and Tree Planting project at Girei, headquarters of Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa.
Tallen also proposed stiffer penalties for child labour offences and any other dehumanising treatment of children.
“For the first time in the history of Nigeria, we have a President who has brought the issues of gender-based violence to national focus.
“Nigerian women and children are very grateful to Mr President for spotlighting their issues as crucial to national development.
“I, therefore, advocate death sentence for rapists and stiff penalties for child labour offences as well as other dehumanising treatment against children,” she said.
Tallen said that that the Cooking Gas and Tree Planting project was inspired by President Muhammadu Buhari who had been promoting the interests of indigent rural women and girls in the country.
The minister quoted the World Health Organiation (WHO) as saying that air pollution, caused by emissions from cook stoves, killed more than 4.3 million people annually.
Tallen said that the project was launched to create awareness and sensitise the public, particularly women and other stakeholders, to the dangers of using firewood for cooking.
“In line with this, the President directed that each of Nigeria’s 774 local government areas (LGAs) be supplied 1,000 cooking gas cylinders.
“Adamawa State has been supplied with 21,000 gas cylinders for its 21 LGAs.
“The cylinders would be distributed to women in the rural communities and wards; down to the remotest villages,” she said.
Besides, the minister said that Buhari pledged, at the 2019 United Nations (UN) General Assembly, to plant 25 million trees within one year.
She noted that the planting of economic trees in the state was to stimulate green environment, stem climate change and curb the effect of deforestation in the communities.
In his remarks, Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri thanked President Buhari for launching the cooking gas and tree planting project in Adamawa.
Fintiri, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Bashir Ahmed, said that the state government would work closely with the Federal Government to achieve the goals of environment conservation and protection.
He appealed to all beneficiaries of the project to jealously guard the gas cylinders and resist the temptation of selling them off at any cost.