The United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has called on the Kebbi State government to ensure the allocation and adequate release of resources in order to achieve full implementation of the Child right act.

The Kebbi State Child Protection Bill was signed into law by the State Governor, Senator Abubakar Bagudu at the weekly Executive Council Meeting at the Council Chambers of Government House, Birnin Kebbi, the state capital.

While commending the Kebbi state government In a statement by the UN communication officer, communications, advocacy, and partnership, Anike Alli-Hakeem Monday 8, August 2022 said Kebbi is among the 31st State to domesticate the Nigeria Child Rights Act (CRA) passed by Nigeria’s National Assembly in 2003.

Adding that the law for the Prohibition of Violence Against Individuals bill was also signed by the governor.

“We congratulate the government and people of Kebbi State on this momentous achievement. By providing legislation that protects the rights of its children, Kebbi State has taken the right decision to provide its children the enabling environment to thrive and reach their full potential,” said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.

“Putting in place this law is good but just the first step. The Kebbi State Government must take the next important step by putting in place structures and allocating resources for its full implementation. UNICEF urges that the law be gazetted without delay,” added Hawkins.

“On its part, UNICEF will continue to collaborate with the Kebbi State Government on interventions that contribute to the fulfillment of the rights of children, including the implementation of the Kebbi State Child Rights Law. UNICEF calls on the States that are yet to domesticate the Nigeria Child Rights Act to do so without any further delay,” said Hawkins.

It, therefore, calls on Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, and Zamfara to domesticate the law so as to contribute to the fulfillment of children’s rights in Nigeria.

 

 

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