Gov Tambuwal Assents Child Protection Bill Into Law

(Last Updated On: 2021-11-23)


A Child Protection bill earlier passed by the Sokoto state House of Assembly to enhance the conditions of children in the state has been signed into law by Governor Aminu Tambuwal on Monday.

Also, the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law was signed by Gov Tambuwal in his bid to end all forms of Gender-Based Violence (GBV), sexual abuse and related abnormalities of the society.

The signing took place at an elaborate ceremony attended by the UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, UNICEF’s Chief Field Officer in Sokoto, Mr Maulid Warfar, Plan International representative, and other dignitaries.

The governor noted that since the enactment of the Child Rights Act 2003 by the Federal Government led by President Olusegun Obasanjo, states were enjoined to domesticate the law which, however, become difficult due to cultural lifestyle differences.

He added that the law was among the major landmark achievements of his administration and commended the efforts of the key actors, in ensuring that it suited and conformed with the cultural and religious concerns of the states.

Tambuwal stressed that the state government, under his watch, would continue to live up to the expectations of the people, especially the protection of the lives of growing children and women.

Meanwhile, he commended the State legislators for their patience, understanding and foresight on the processes of the law.

“We deployed legislative skills to ensure a harmonious working relationship with the legislature, as we have 16 All Progressive Congress (APC) lawmakers against 14 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the house.

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“Also, we have best Child Protection Law and VAPP, which we urge other states to emulate as they translate the concerns of people of the state, ” Tambuwal said.

He also promised more government interventions, especially on survivors’ shelters and others needs identified in the progress report of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative Project in the state.

Source: PMNEWS


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