Save the Children International has applauded the enactment of the Child Protection Bill in Zamfara, approximately 18 years after the Act was first introduced to the state House of assembly for domestication.
Mr Kunle Olawoyin, SCI’s Media and Communication Manager, said in a statement on Thursday that the NGO would continue to work with state governments to promote child rights in accordance with the newly adopted Child Protection Bill.
Youth Ambassador for Save the Children, Maryam Ahmed, tasked the government with the funding and implementation of the bill.
She advised that the Bill should be properly publicised, funded, and implemented to help create an environment where children can realise their full potential.
in 2003, former President Olusegun Obasanjo enacted the Child Right Act, now known as the Child Protection Bill, to protect the rights of Nigerian children.
Zamfara is the 32nd of the 36 states to sign the child protection bill.
Four states; Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, and Kano, are yet to domesticate the law, according to the United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF).
Writing by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu and Saadatu Albashir