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Borno gov’t signs child protection bill into law

Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum signing the Child Protection bill and Violence Against Persons act into law. Photo: Dauda Iliya

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has signed the Violence Against Persons (VAP) and Child Protection bills into law.

At a ceremony at Government House Maiduguri, Governor Zulum said the two laws have undergone series of amendments to be in tune with the religion, norms and customs of people of the state. 

According to him, some clauses were either altered, omitted or inserted based on inputs made by experts during public hearing and other engagements before the Borno State House of Assembly finally passed the bill.

Speaker of the State Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan said the two laws are Acts of the National Assembly passed in 2003, and states have been encouraged to domesticate the law to improve the wellbeing of citizens. 

Shedding light on the Child Protection Law, State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Kaka-Shehu Lawan said the law will safeguard the rights of children and protect them from any form of abuse.

He remarked that stringent measures have been provided in the legislation against any person that violates the rights of a child.

Borno is the 13th state to domesticate the Child Rights Act into law.

Governor Babagana Zulum and Speaker, Borno State House of Assembly Abdulkarim Lawan at the signing of 2022 budget at Government House Maiduguri. Photo: Dauda Iliya

Similarly, Governor Babagana Zulum has signed the 2022 budget of ₦269.7 billion into law.

The Governor warned Commissioners against extra budgetary spending and assured of better budget performance in the fiscal year. 

Speaker of the state Assembly Honourable Abdulkarim Lawan said over ₦177 billion was increased on original budget size after due consultation with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Reporting by Dauda Iliya; editing by Muzha Kucha