FIDA asks Ganduje to grant assent to Child Right Protection law


Nasiru Yusuf
Concerned by the rise child abuse and divorce rate, the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), has appealed to Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to grant assent to Child Right Protection Law.
ALL IN ONE reports that the chairperson of the women lawyers, Bilkisu Suleiman made the appeal while on familiarization visit on Kano state council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Thursday.
She said the Kano child right protection law passed by the state assembly has been domesticated to comply with Hausa culture and Islamic provisions.
She said when assented, the law will address the case of child abuse, Almajiri and other social vices.
She said the social vices being perpetrated in Northern Nigeria and Kano in particular can only be check if there is appropriate laws that would be applied to punish perpetrators.
“FIDA is doing all it could to fight sexual abuse and domestic violence and ensure those found wanting are brought to book.
“Right now we are trying our best on awareness campaigns for peoples to accept us and understand our missions, which is actually to correct the wrongs in the families”.
“We are highly disturbed by the menace of Almajiri and child abuse which in many instances goes unpunished,” Mrs Sulaiman said.
In his address the Kano state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Abbas Ibrahim assured journalists support to women lawyers cause.
Kano child right protection law
The Kano State Executive Council has in February, 2021 approved and amended the proposed bill on Child Rights (protection) Act 2010 “to reflect the position of Sharia on all sections of the Child Rights Act (CRA) 2003″.
Muhammed Garba, Commissioner for Information in Kano State disclosed this in statement he signed and made available to Journalists.
Mr Garba said the decision for the approval was reached at its state council meeting in line with the Federal Government policy of 2003 where states were asked to domesticate the bill .
Mr Garba disclosed that the state government was motivated to enact the child right bill after it assented to the bill on free and compulsory education.
“The administration developed a keen interest in seeing the passing of the Child Rights Act because of its commitment to child growth and development in the state.
According to the statement, “the approval had been passed to the state assembly for passage, and assured that the bill when passed would protect the rights of the child as a human being”.
He said in compliance with the federal government’s policy, the state governments embarked on the act to domesticate the bill and engaged Islamic scholars and others to bring it to fruition.
The amended Act which was initially drafted in 2010 and only succeeded in been approved in 2021 for passage, but it is yet to be assented by the governor.


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