The Kano State House of Assembly is committed to ensuring the speedy passage of the child protection bill in the state to address issues related to child abuse and violence.
Majority Leader Kabir Hassan Dashi made this known when Assembly members welcomed a youth-led non-governmental organization, Bridge Connect Africa initiatives, and other civil society organizations working around the approval of the child protection bill in the state.
Dashi said the assembly will not hesitate to pass the bill as soon as it is transmitted by the state Justice Ministry.
Similarly, the chairman of the House Public Health Committee, Musa Ali Kachako, assured that the House will not back down on the deliberation and approval of the bill.
According to him, “As far as the Kano State Assembly is concerned, the child protection bill is a matter of concern that will be enthusiastically deliberated as soon as it is transmitted to the House, considering its importance.
“This is a bill that has seen the light of day in Nigeria as a context, of course it needs to be replicated in states, especially states like Kano which is very key to the health and well-being of children.
“When it comes to the Kano House of Representatives Assembly, the protection of children is a very key and important issue.
“The Kano Assembly is concerned about the issue of health and that is why if it reviews the eighth assembly, a greater percentage of the laws that have been passed refer to health and the provision of health services. So we are not going to give in on the issue of child protection, ”Kachako said.
Previously, the group leader and executive director of Bridge Connect Africa Initiatives, BCAI, Sani Muhammad said that seventeen years after the federal government passed the bill, the state of Kano had not yet tamed it.
Muhammad, however, said they were in the assembly to defend lawmakers on the need to ensure that the bill passes quickly in the state.
“The child protection bill is very important to combat the current social ills of child sexual and gender-based violence of all kinds, including rape, forced marriage, street begging, out-of-school children, as well as slavery. and child trafficking, which has become a trend. in Kano, where children are trafficked to other states, as there are currently no strong laws to safeguard the rights of children in Kano, as well as their interests. The bill is not only to protect children, but will also strengthen many other government policies, such as the social protection policy, the new Kano state education policy on compulsory education, and the health and well-being of children. .
“We want the Kano State Assembly House, which is a very important one that serves as a model for other northern state assemblies, to set an example, and for that reason, if the House gives priority to the approval of the bill , it will go a long way to encourage other state assemblies to replicate and borrow the state left, ”Muhammad said.
In one development, a group, known as Action Against Hunger that works on the Child Development Grants Project, CDGP through its Project Manager, Stella Esedunme, seeks the support of legislatures for rapid legislation of a project. of social protection law that, he said, is in a final stage of documentation for later transmission to the house.