Kebbi State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed Child Rights protection bill into law in the state.
The passage of the bill in Kebbi State came after that of Katsina in last year December. Both North-West states are affected by child marriages and the street children (Almajiri) menace.
Spokesperson of Kebi State governor, Yahaya Sarki, in a statement issued to journalists, noted that the passage of the bill followed presentation of the report of the House Committee on Justice and Judiciary, and deliberations by the Committee of the whole House where the Bill was read for the 3rd time.
“The Chairman of Justice and Judiciary Committee, Barrister Aminu Muhammed Bunza, while presenting the Committee’s report at plenary, explained that the committee studied Bills and made comparison with law of other states such as Sokoto, Kano and Kaduna to ascertain the extent of the laws in those states.
“The Committee visited four Emirates headquarters of the state to entertain views of Royal fathers and sensitized the public as well as organized a public hearing involving Council of Ulama and civil society organization in the state among others to X-ray religious and moral implications of the Bill.”
Nigeria adopted the Child Rights Act in 2003 to domesticate the international convention on the rights of a child.
The Act covers key areas of the lives of children and adolescents. It is divided into “survival rights, development rights, participation rights, and protection rights”.
Kaduna was the first state in the North-west to pass the law in 2018. Jigawa also domesticated the Child’s Right Act, but later repealed it in 2012. However, it reintroduced the bill in September last year.